Trump Lashes Out at Nancy Pelosi and 'Fake Tears Chuck Schumer' Over Protest of Travel Ban

President accuses Democrats of slowing down the confirmation of his nominees, including for attorney general, day after he fired acting AG for speaking out against travel ban.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lead members of Congress during a protest on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, after the two staged a rally against his travel ban outside the Supreme Court in Washington. 

On Twitter, the president accused Democrats of obstructing his nominees for the cabinet and for attorney general. 

"They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn't work!" Trump tweeted. 

The president, well-known for pinning nicknames on his opponents, called Schumer "Fake Tears Chuck Schumer, and sneered at his and Pelosi's protest: "Mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!)"

During the rally Monday night, House and Senate Democrats braved the cold on the steps of the Supreme Court to protest Trump's executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. 

"I'm very proud to stand her with members of the House Democratic Caucus, soon to be joined by the Senate Democrats as well, sharing views in a bipartisan way with many of our Republican colleagues who agree that what the President did undermines our values and is not in support of the oath of office that we take, to support and defend the Constitution of the United States," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, CNN reported.

Senate Minority Leader Schumer followed Pelosi, saying that Democrats will protest the ban until it is withdrawn. "We will not let this evil order make us less American. We will fight it with everything we have and we will win this fight," he said.

The White House declared on Monday night that it was sacking Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates over for her opposition to last Friday's executive order banning the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

Yates said Monday that she will not defend the executive order in court, explaining in a letter to Justice Department attorneys that "I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right." She also wrote that she "was not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful."