NY Times Hawks Tickets for Evening with Resistance Leader Sally Yates

Resistance is profitable

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The New York Times is selling tickets for a night with resistance leader Sally Yates.

The Times is charging $30—and half-price tickets for subscribers—for a "rare conversation" with the former Obama Justice Department holdover who refused to enforce President Trump's executive order restricting travel from terrorist hot bed countries.

"Join us for a rare conversation with Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general who was dismissed by President Trump last year after refusing to defend his first travel ban," the Times writes.

Topics include prison reform, civil rights, and "the fine points of constitutional law." Yates herself refused to comply with the travel ban, which the Supreme Court ultimately ruled constitutional by a 7-2 vote. Yates said rejecting the president's first order was a matter of principle.

"Ms. Yates, a distinguished lecturer at Georgetown University, will discuss the independence of the judiciary, the fine points of constitutional law, civil rights in the modern era, criminal justice and prison reform and more with Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Matt Apuzzo, who has covered the Justice Department under five attorneys general and who has been at the forefront of the special counsel's investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign," the Times said.

"The Times is committed to helping people understand the world. Live journalism enables an audience the unique opportunity to view an interview in person," a Times spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon. "As with Jonathan Weisman's interview of Paul Ryan and Jennifer Steinhauer's discussion of bipartisanship with Senators Bob Corker and Mark Warner, our events feature interviews with newsmakers across the political spectrum."

The Times is not alone in profiting off of the so-called resistance. James Comey signed a book deal worth over $2 million and is now selling tickets at $100 each to attend his book tour. The tour will make stops in Portland and San Francisco.

Comey is also in talks for another lucrative deal with Hollywood to turn his forthcoming book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, into a television show or movie.

"A film or TV deal wasn't something Comey even thought about until a flood of people in Hollywood called and expressed interest after the book was announced in early August," wrote the Hollywood Reporter.

"He didn't want to be in this position, but is embracing it," according to Axios, which reported Comey will "come out hot" on his book tour.

Yates is equally popular among the left, after she became the "face of institutional resistance" when Trump fired her for trying to obstruct his travel order. She now uses her Twitter account to call Trump "disgraceful," quote Martin Luther King Jr., and reminisce over the George W. Bush presidency 17 years later.

Update 11:40 a.m.: This post has been updated with comment from a Times spokesperson.