Working with good, compassionate and honest people tend to infect. It makes one work towards becoming better. Unfortunately, the converse is true. It is clear that while most hoped that John Kelly could temper Trump, his false attack on Congresswoman Frederica Wilson prove the opposite has occurred. Moreover, he lied just like his boss did and Lawrence O'Donnell made him pay for it.
Lawrence O'Donnell excoriates John Kelly
"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had a job to do today," Lawrence O'Donnell said. "Take the heat off the president for getting into trouble for something that no president before him has gotten into trouble for. Donald Trump made a mess with the condolence phone call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed two weeks ago.in Niger. Today John Kelly made just as much as a mess in his attempt to clean up Donald Trump's mess."
In his attempt to defend the president John Kelly attacked the congresswoman with what ultimately turned out to be a lie. He falsely accused her of grandstanding and tried to demean her by calling her an empty barrel.
Rawstory reported the following.
New York Times writer and MSNBC political analyst Nick Confessore took exception to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ contention at Friday’s press briefing that reporters shouldn’t question White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s word because he is a “former four-star general.”
On Thursday, after giving a moving account of losing his son, Kelly launched a vicious personal attack against Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL). The retired general called Wilson an “empty barrel” that “makes the most noise” even as he seemed to corroborate her version of events with regard to Trump’s call to the widow of fallen U.S. Army Green Beret La David Johnson.
Confessore pointed out that the video from the 2015 eventdescribed by Kelly does not remotely resemble Kelly’s account. Kelly accused Wilson of grandstanding and interrupting the solemn occasion of an FBI building’s dedication to two fallen agents to boast about her fundraising prowess.
“He is a former four-star general but he’s a current chief of staff at the White House,” said Confessore. “He led a press briefing yesterday” — meaning Kelly set aside the mantle of nonpartisan general when he became a political operative and did the president’s bidding by carrying out a political hit on Wilson.
In other words, John Kelly has become Donald Trump.
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