Kelly Exposes Ugliness on the Left, Limpness on the Right

By and | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 October 20, 2017|
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Once again, the Left—in its frenzy to deploy any weapon at hand to damage President Trump—made the critical mistake of allowing us to peer behind the curtain and see what they’re really up to.  

Democrats and their accomplices in the media attempted to gin up controversy following the deaths of four service members killed in Niger earlier this month. They pounced again after a notorious Democratic Party hack, and self-proclaimed “rock star,”  Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), said Trump’s call to one of the Gold Star families was “insensitive.”

Wilson announced with indignation that Trump told a widow of one of the slain soldiers her husband “knew what he signed up for…but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” The furrowed brows crowd populating our illustrious Democratic-media complex ran with the story, eager to tar Trump and turn Niger into his Benghazi—only this time, it would be a Benghazi that actually mattered to them.

This was not to be, however, because we no longer live in the Bush era. Trump and his team understand the importance of fighting back in the face of reckless criticism. Absorbing low blows from your political adversaries serves no good purpose when they are beyond shame.

So General John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, stepped in and gave them a much-deserved thrashing.

Kelly manfully detailed the heart-wrenching process of what happens after a member of our armed services dies in combat. He spoke of how a family is notified—an experience with which he is all too familiar, both as a commander and as a father who has lost a son in Afghanistan. He defended Trump from the media’s attacks but, even more important, he eviscerated the credibility and the honor of Rep. Wilson and her characteristically self-serving misrepresentations. (Misrepresentations that have been refuted now by other families, too.)

After doing so, he took us back to a place of honor—back to the “stones” of Arlington National Cemetery that mark the final resting places of the finest men and women our great nation has ever produced. These stories about the sacrifices made by our men and women in the military (and the sacrifices of their families) should shame us all as we gobble up this media-created spectacle. How can we reflect on these incredible acts of valor and then wish to wallow in the latest attempt to exploit every misfortune and turn it into an anti-Trump talking point?

Regarding what Trump said to the widow, Kelly maintained it was nothing more than advice he gave the president prior to the call:

Well, let me tell you what I told him. Let me tell you what my best friend, Joe Dunford, told me—because he was my casualty officer. He said, Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war. And when he died, in the four cases we’re talking about, Niger, and my son’s case in Afghanistan—when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth: his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to four families the other day.

Kelly also hit back hard against Wilson’s despicable attacks:

I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States to a young wife, and in his way tried to express that opinion—that he’s a brave man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. There’s no reason to enlist; he enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be, with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken.

If Wilson had any part of character or virtue, she would silently accept Kelly’s damning judgment. Instead, and unbelievably, she reacted to Kelly’s emotional presser by stating that he was simply “trying to keep his job.” “He will say anything,” she said. And this newly-minted “rock star” then debased herself further:

Her appalling words are surpassed only by her abominable behavior. In truth, she ought to resign immediately.

General Kelly is a 46 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He buried his 29 year old son in 2010 after he was killed during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kelly’s other son is currently deployed in the Mideast. On Thursday Kelly presented a shining and sorely needed example of what it means to be an exceptional patriot and human being. Frederica Wilson, in contrast, presented an example of what it is to be a political hack of the lowest kind with a soul, apparently so corrupted by devotion to a desire to dishonor others, that it beggars description.

And Wilson isn’t the only person whose excessive vanity approaches satanic proportions. The pile on from leftists savaging Kelly, after he had the temerity to tell the truth, has begun. Brian Fallon, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign spokesman and director of public affairs at the Obama Justice Department, called Kelly “odious” for being an “enabler of Trump.”

Fallon’s absurd and truly deplorable statement demonstrates that the Left is devoted to taking down anyone who stands in its way. They have weaponized truth, justice, honor, and patriotism in order to fend off any perceived threat to their power. This is the Left’s ugly core, now exposed for all the world to see. They believe their superior refinement and wisdom entitles them to rule us with, or without, our consent.

Wilson is a perfect example of the immense moral rot that today is termed “normal” by the press and the captains of the political-cultural industrial complex. Just let that sink in. Then recall that there remains a group of conservative and GOP elite who prefer to follow the lead of former President George W. Bush, always presenting a “polite,” “mannered,” and “dignified” demeanor.

This is not dignity. It is weakness. If you can’t muster righteous indignation in the face of outrages like Frederica Wilson and instead heap disdain upon those like President Trump and General Kelly who, though they “knew what they were signing up for,” go out into the political trenches and fight back, what good are you to the country you claim to love?

In his patriotic dignity, Kelly explained that “there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.” This seems to apply with equal force to his own service in the White House. There’s nothing to indicate that this service is either required of him or even appreciated, given the torrent of criticism and condemnation he’s getting for speaking honestly about the fight in front of us and the nature of those now waging it.

But someday those who now decry him will benefit from the sacrifices of patriots like General Kelly. And the country these patriots are good enough and loving enough to defend in spite of all condemnation will owe them yet another debt. These men know America is the last best hope of men on earth for self-government, and they are acting as men should act when they know that.

This is the kind of patriotic dignity Americans need to muster if we expect to continue living in freedom and prosperity.

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Mike Sabo
Mike Sabo is a Mt. Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a recent graduate of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia.
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48 Comments

  1. Joel Mathis October 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    “He defended Trump from the media’s attacks but, even more important, he eviscerated the credibility and the honor of Rep. Wilson and her characteristically self-serving misrepresentations. ”

    Except the video proved he was wrong. Manfully wrong, you might say.

    • Altalena October 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      WHAT video?

    • steves_59 October 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      He was absolutely not wrong about characterizing Wilson as an “empty barrel.” The woman is a disgrace to Congress and Florida.
      But I bet, “Joel,” you’ll continue to fly air cover for her.
      That’s what you guys do.

      • Joel Mathis October 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        you’re flying cover for Trump. I’m pretty comfortable the congresswoman is not the most ridiculous person involved in this affair.

        • steves_59 October 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

          LOL. Where did I say anything about Trump? The article’s not about Trump, chum.
          Stick to the topic, “Joel.”
          And yeah… you’re flying air cover alright. But you don’t seem to recognize you’re in a single seat ultralight.

        • Lloyd October 21, 2017 at 12:23 am

          she is not ridiculous…she is as offensive as Westborough baptist church.

          But the good news is that most Americans are deeply upset at liberals…

          They are slowly showing themselves to be the nazis that they claim everyone is.

          Why you morons can’t win and will just keep losing and losing.

          But, please feel free to keep blathering your talking points…I can almost taste the liberal tears…..mmmmmm

          https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/10/20/maga-movement-2017-republican-party-raises-record-small-donor-contributions/

          • CincyGal October 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

            She’s an idiot but nothing is as offensive as Westboro Baptist!

          • Lloyd October 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

            I think it’s in the same vein. But Westbrook assclowns need a beating.

    • Rick October 21, 2017 at 8:25 am

      OK. So she spent the first half of her speech patting herself on the back for how quickly she got the House to pass a bill to name the building after the fallen agents instead of getting the money to build it. That difference does not change the relevance of Kelly’s comment.

  2. Joel Mathis October 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    “They have weaponized truth, justice, honor, and patriotism in order to fend off any perceived threat to their power.”

    Pot, meet kettle. The fun thing is, I don’t think you have any idea how much you’re projecting.

    • ECM October 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      *yawn*

  3. CaptSmith415 October 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I think you meant this:

    Trump also hit back hard against McCain’s despicable attacks:

    “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

    In his patriotic dignity, Trump explained that “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” This seems to apply with equal force to his own service in the White House. There’s nothing to indicate that this service is either required of him or even appreciated, given the torrent of criticism and condemnation he’s getting for speaking honestly about the fight in front of us and the nature of those now waging it.

    But someday those who now decry him will benefit from the sacrifices of patriots like Donald Trump. And the country these patriots are good enough and loving enough to defend in spite of all condemnation will owe them yet another debt. These men know America is the last best hope of men on earth for self-government, and they are acting as men should act when they know that.

    This is the kind of patriotic dignity Americans need to muster if we expect to continue living in freedom and prosperity.

    • steves_59 October 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Upvoting yourself?
      I see you’re also upvoting Mathis downthread. So that makes your post a pretty poor stab at satire, eh?
      That’s all pretty troll-like.

    • Lloyd October 21, 2017 at 12:18 am

      another magical thinking liberal idiot…Mccain is a inept coward and a traitor….He was called ‘songbird’ by the Vietnamese bc he gave up many critical secrets. He was responsible for the deaths of many navy soldiers on a aircraft carrier bc he accidentally fired a missile while trying to board a plane. He was the main reason many MIA – POWs were never brought back. He is a corrupt asswipe who helped arm ISIS. F’ him.

      Who gives a shiit what you or other liberals think. NOTHING will happen to Trump. The deep state knows this and so it’s an endless charade of baseless indignation of low class, low info & IYI liberals who are destroying their own credibility and honestly, most Americans are happy to see it.

      More liberal tears are coming in 2018 and 2020.

      • CaptSmith415 October 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

        You should be ashamed of yourself. Show me any shred of proof to defend your defemation of Americam hero and patriot, John McCain.

        • gda October 21, 2017 at 8:06 am

          May he RIP. As soon as possible.

          • CaptSmith415 October 21, 2017 at 8:46 am

            Gosh, the Trump cult doesn’t really care about honor, morality, or patriotism unless it fits their narrative of Trump as uber man, does it?

          • new MarcH October 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

            I think it is important to distinguish the “Trump cult” from Trump supporters who, while seeing and acknowledging his imperfections, support and admire him as the champion of American “normals” and demolisher of the PC edifice. There are many other Republicans i admired in 2016 but doubt that any besides Trump could have been elected. We tried a war hero in 2008 and a decent and brilliant business man and government executive in 2012 and struck out.

          • CaptSmith415 October 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

            I agree. However, the articles on this website and the comments above treat Trump as a god. This is a cult.

          • new MarcH October 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

            FWIW, I think we substantially agree. That’s why I “liked” your comments.

        • Lloyd October 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

          Look it up yourself. Do your own research. Your hero was in the keating 5.

          • CaptSmith415 October 23, 2017 at 11:46 am

            I did. You are wrong.

          • Lloyd October 23, 2017 at 8:05 pm

            believe what you want

          • Lloyd October 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

            At huffpro. Get the f outta here.

  4. hamburgertoday2017 October 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    #War.

  5. Sparky October 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I missed the part where he said Kelly lied

  6. gda October 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Wilson was the snake whispering in that poor black woman’s ear, intent on twisting the President’s words into an evil partisan, racist thing. How despicable is this woman? And how despicable the reaction by the crazed MSM?

    The identity politics war is fully engaged. Now even the greatest of our heroes are targets.

    We surely cannot still question the instinct of Trump. He is intent on wreaking havoc in the culture of victimhood and identity politics. Truth is the breath of fresh air that will blow the evil, divisive stench of this foul culture back to the hell from which it has crept.

    Meanwhile, two clueless ex-presidents mumble on about divisiveness and the MSM try to pin it all on Trump, as though he was the cause of it and not the result. Clown circuses everywhere.

    • Altalena October 21, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Hear hear. Post of the week.

  7. conservative_302 October 21, 2017 at 4:27 am

    General Kelly is a great man. I am glad he is Trumps chief of staff. He gets it. He sees the leftist craziness. MAGA!

    • Sparky October 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Despite him lying in covering for his boss

  8. Party of Lincoln October 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    It’s good to see the official Trump Shill Blog never takes a day off. After all, when one receives marching orders from Vladimir Putin, who yesterday said…

    “Mr. Trump was elected by the American people. And at least for this reason it is necessary to show respect for him, even if you do not agree with some of his positions,” Putin said, before adding this dig: “Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system.”

    …it’s vital to the American Greatness project that Trump be idolized.

    • gda October 21, 2017 at 6:47 am

      http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/20/hillary-clintons-russian-ghost-stories/

      Now we truly understand the evil that this horrible woman represented. And imagine the effrontery of trying to deflect her own squalid Russian entrapment and money-grabbing and accuse Trump of colluding with her own pals.

      What a piece of work! What a swamp!

      You need to reeducate yourself out of the leftist bubble you have entrapped yourself in. Go to the nearest brick wall and apply your head violently against to it, again and again. Eventually you may whack some sense into it, but I wouldn’t count on it.

      • Party of Lincoln October 21, 2017 at 7:11 am

        FFS this “woman” is not “evil”, nor is Trump. What obviously happened is that Trump made a comment that he didn’t mean in the way that it came out.

        This wasn’t even an issue worth talking about until Trump took shots at Obama and W for, allegedly, never having called the families of fallen soldiers. Once he did that, the call with this family became fair game.

        As it happens, by pure chance, Wilson is a close family friend of the Johnsons and had mentored La David Johnson. She was in the car when President Trump called the mother of the fallen soldier.

        As we all know, Trump at times can make statements that come out awkwardly. When he said — allegedly — that her son “knew what he was getting into” one can easily see what he meant and that what he said meant no disrespect but it came out that way nonetheless.

        Rather than denying what he said, the better response would have been to explain what he actually meant, which is that he understood that her son made the greatest sacrifice for his county and that he was sorry that what he said was taken the wrong way.

        Do that and it’s game over for this flap. Instead, he put up General Kelly to lie in the front of the American people (about off the office building) and continue berating a congresswoman no one outside of her district had ever heard of. Instead of making incremental progress on issues like tax reform or Iran the White House was consumed with a media crisis entirely of Trump’s own making.

        But instead, you will believe whatever Trump wants you to believe. Enjoy yourself.

        • gda October 21, 2017 at 8:02 am

          A long winded post that completely missed the point! The evil women I was referring to was Hillary, not Wilson, in reference to your Russia nonsense “After all, when one receives marching orders from Vladimir Putin…”

          But see my post about Wilson herself below. Despicable hardly does her justice. It bears reposting, just in case you haven’t the intelligence to find it:

          “Wilson was the snake whispering in that poor black woman’s ear, intent on twisting the President’s words into an evil partisan, racist thing. How despicable is this woman? And how despicable the reaction by the crazed MSM?”

          The very worst of identity politics appears like a pustule on that foul woman. She should rot in hell. By attempting to defend her you expose yourself as no better, perhaps worse.

          • Party of Lincoln October 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

            Whenever a Trumpian is found out with a a weak argument he always, and inevitably, changes the subject to Hillary.

            Yes, Hillary would have been a disaster for the country. No one here argues otherwise. But she lost and is nowhere near the White House.

            Trump is. And his adoring sycophants have a every right, and duty, to praise him when he’s right but also to him accountable for when he’s wrong.

            Trump is clearly wrong in this case and should just shut his flapping gums and stick to issues like tax reform and other initiatives that will make a real difference in our lives. To obsess about non-issues such as the NFL wastes time and makes his agenda more difficult to enact. He got elected and doesn’t need to feed his moron minions who would lick his boots even if videos were leaked that he not only paid for his mistresses’ abortions, but performed them himself. Wait, you didn’t know Trump’s mistresses had abortions at his urging? You probably did, but as Trump himself famously said, he could commit murder on Fifth Avenue and still wouldn’t lose any support.

    • BanBait October 21, 2017 at 7:09 am

      It is vital to the American Project that progressivism, cultural Marxism and intersectionality be utterly and completely destroyed. DJT is the Shiva of Progressivism and God Bless him for it.

    • CincyGal October 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      What a load of crap. Stick it, sweetie.

      • Party of Lincoln October 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

        You’ve proven Trump right again when he said this:

        “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,”

        • CincyGal October 24, 2017 at 3:32 am

          Your original comment deserves no reply. You think it’s edgy & clever to be offensive, but it’s just offensive. You are not living in the middle of a sitcom.

          • Party of Lincoln October 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

            When all you have is ad hominem argument, you have no argument whatsoever.

            This will always be the problem with Trump supporters — unless claims reaffirm Trump’s “greatness” they’re denied regardless of how obviously true they are.

            In this case, Trump clearly fumbled his way through a phone call he meant no offense with. But it went badly, as usual, because he is awkward with words, and he left the dead soldier’s wife in tears. That’s an indisputable fact.

            What’s also an indisputable fact is that instead of saying he didn’t mean what he said he went on the attack — AGAINST A DEAD SOLDIER’S WIFE.

            Imagine if you were the wife and the president told you “Well, he knew what he was getting into”. That comes across like a tough shit, you’re outta luck reply. But not even Trump would have meant to say that. Instead, he insulted the wife and went on the attack after the fact. All he had to do was to apologize, that he didn’t mean what he said and move on.

            But no, this crony capitalist billionaire must always go on the attack — even against widows of dead military heroes. Which is why his approval rating is in the mid 30s. Question is, why are his supporters unwilling to question anything he says or does — even the most obvious of blunders?

    • BCML October 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Trump has earned all the disrespect he gets. No other President has behaved so pathetically. He is vulgar, infantile, and unhinged. Respect is earned, and it automatically comes with the office, unless you unearn it and he has.

  9. swek October 22, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Kelly has been exposed as just another ignorant partisan hack

    He’ll lie for Trump just enough to ruin his reputation.

    • CincyGal October 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Gen. Kelly spoke of honor and those things held sacred. That you consider those to be lies simply exposes your own frailty.

  10. Bad Wolf October 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Wilson worked to manipulate the poor woman whose husband had died. Obviously he knew what he was signing up for and was doing – he was a combat soldier who was not on his first mission. For a man to sign up to fight during time of war, to knowingly take on those risks, is a marker of courage, of purpose and of honor. Wilson does not get that, most military families do. The grieving wife may not be thinking of that now but she will eventually.

    Wilson is a truly vile person. Truly truly vile. The worst kind of human viper, using her influence to worsen the pain of a grieving widow and magnify that pain for the purposes of making an ineffective truly stupid political attack. You do not get much lower than that.

  11. BCML October 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Poor Kelly. He looked a total fool.

  12. CapnSpaulding October 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    “If Wilson had any part of character or virtue, she would silently accept Kelly’s damning judgment.”

    I take it none of you droolers have any problem with the demonstrated fact that Gen. Kelly openly lied?

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