I really want to believe that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly agreed to the job because he realizes Donald Trump is this nation’s top national security threat and the only way to keep him from starting WWIII is if there are sane people around him to try to keep him under control.
That’s what I want to believe, but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to do so — not after this past week.
Politics aside, from most accounts I’ve read, Kelly seems like a level-headed, decent person. Which is why I was rather surprised when he agreed to work for the Trump administration.
As a retired Marine general who spent most of his life in service to his country, Kelly is someone who everyone should respect.
That said, after this past week, I have to say I’ve lost a lot of respect for General Kelly. Not only do I feel he’s disgraced himself, but he’s disgraced this country and the military.
I get that working for Trump means he’s likely going to have to say things to defend the Moron-in-Chief that he doesn’t actually believe. However, he crossed a line this week that I’m not sure if he’ll ever be able to come back from.
In just this past week, Kelly:
- Said nothing when Trump lied about past presidents not calling the families of fallen soldiers.
- Didn’t speak out when Trump lied about calling every family of a solder who’s been killed in combat since he’s been in office, essentially trying to use the deaths of these soldiers to make himself look better.
- Made no public comment about the $25,000 check Trump promised to a father of a soldier who died back in June that he only sent this past week after the media exposed the fact he never sent the check.
- Hasn’t said anything amid reports that the White House, in a desperate attempt to validate Trump’s lie, is now trying to get the phone numbers of all the troops who have died since January so he can call them — again, essentially trying to use the deaths of these soldiers to make himself look good.
- Sat silently by while Trump exploited the death of his son who died fighting in Afghanistan in a pathetic attempt to make himself look better, defend a lie, and avoid admitting he was wrong.
- Defended Trump when he told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for.”
- Blatantly lied about and slandered Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) by saying he was offended that she was listening in on Trump’s call to Johnson’s family (even though they clearly didn’t mind that she was), then falsely said that she exploited the dedication of a building to two deceased FBI agents to “grandstand” and brag about herself.
- Has yet to say anything about Trump calling Johnson’s family liars — twice.
I’d also like to just remind everyone that Trump’s disrespected the military and our veterans possibly more than any other “president” in history.
Again, deep down I really want to believe Kelly, and James Mattis, for that matter, are sticking with Trump because they realize how dangerous he is. I know they’re going to say and do things I don’t like as they’re forced to defend the never-ending circus known as the Trump administration.
But it’s really difficult for me to believe that when I see Kelly ignoring Trump’s continued disrespect to our military and our veterans, him sitting silently by while this “president” exploited his son’s death just to make himself look good, then went in front of reporters and spouted a petty, blatant lie about Rep. Wilson simply because she exposed the truth about his boss’s disgusting comment to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.
While I’m going to still try to give Kelly the benefit of the doubt as much as I can, in my opinion, this past week the retired general disgraced himself, the country, and our military with his shameful silence on Trump’s behavior and outright slandering of Rep. Frederica Wilson.