5 Reasons Why John Kelly Probably Won’t Last Long as Trump’s Chief of Staff

A person doesn’t have to follow a great deal of politics to realize Donald Trump’s time in office has been a raging dumpster fire unlike anything else we’ve ever seen. Shockingly, the situation managed to become even more embarrassing when recently hired communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired after only a few days on the job — seemingly pushed out by new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.



The ironic part to all of this is that Kelly replaced Reince Priebus, someone who many felt only “resigned” after Scaramucci seemed to make it his mission to rid the White House of his services.

However, despite the never-ending circus that is the Trump administration, the general attitude seems to be that many Republicans are hoping Kelly’s presence in the White House is going to help add order to a situation that’s been nothing but chaos since the very beginning.

Well, I’m here to explain to everyone why that’s not going to happen, because I don’t believe Kelly’s going to last very long as Trump’s chief of staff.

1. Kelly’s not a reality TV-style cartoon character: I’m not going to get into the type of person Kelly is, or whether or not I agree with his views on how this country should be run — that’s a debate for another day. What I will say is that Kelly isn’t one of these groveling buffoons with whom Trump seems to love to surround himself. He’s not a fake alpha male who’s trying to prove anything to anyone like Trump and so many of the people he has around him who act like big shots, but are really nothing but sad, pathetic, fragile little snowflakes. Eventually I believe Trump’s nonsense is going to wear on him and either he’s going to be pushed out or he’ll resign.

2. Since Kelly’s not going to be a “yes man” in the same cloth as others, Trump’s going to grow tired of him quickly: What Trump wants is for everyone who’s around him to tell him he’s the greatest, he’s right about everything, and spend most of their time feeding his enormous ego. Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t see Kelly doing that. Sure, for a while Trump might admire Kelly’s stronger stances on some particular issues, but eventually he’s going to push back against Trump’s unhinged ranting and other insane nonsense, and the wannabe dictator isn’t going to like it. What Trump wants are his subordinates to be nothing more than lap dogs who do what he tells them to do, and if they don’t, he’s going replace them with someone who will.

3. If things do happen to improve in the White House (that’s a huge IF), Kelly’s going to be given the credit, not Trump, and that’s going to infuriate him: A few weeks from now, if we’re looking at a White House that’s much more organized and “together” than we’ve ever seen from the Trump administration, John Kelly is going to be given the credit for it — not Trump. Being someone who wants to be praised for everything good, but never blamed for anything bad, the last thing the current “president” will stand for is someone like Kelly getting credit for a White House that’s much more organized, stable, and respected.



4. The Russia investigations, and Trump’s attitude toward them, will eventually cause him to distance himself from the administration: Again, I don’t care what anyone’s opinion on Kelly’s politics is, I don’t think he’s a traitor to this country. I don’t believe for a moment he doubts whether or not Russia tried to undermine our election. I’m also certain he recognizes that Putin is not our friend. As the on-going investigations into Trump’s campaign continue to intensify, and the “president’s” attitude becomes even more unhinged, I could absolutely see Kelly realizing that he’s “on the wrong side” — even though he should have realized that already — and he’ll want to do his best to remove himself from a sinking ship that’s almost certainly going to take down anyone who’s foolish enough to stay on board.

5. Donald Trump is still “president”: No matter what anyone might think about Kelly, or what he may or may not be able to accomplish as chief of staff, the odds are as long as Trump’s still the “president,” the White House is going to be complete chaos. In just a few months in office, Trump’s burned through an unprecedented amount of administration officials. So, for the reasons I just stated above, and plenty of others, it seems like Kelly being shown the door isn’t a matter of if it’s going to happen — just when and under what circumstances.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Barzuma

    Well, Kelly could be the Daddy that Trump desires but never got. 😉