Lost in all the hoopla over the departure of Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis is that the former generals were backed by the liberal media, which is no friend to the military.
Americans may have believed that this was a necessary evil in taking a swipe at President Donald Trump, but Fox News’ Steve Hilton has a different take on this, as seen in his op-ed suggesting Mattis and Kelly marched to the establishment beat and Trump was right to jettison them.
Hilton, host of “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” on Fox News Channel at 9 pm ET on Sundays, wrote about the “Committee to Save America,” an instrument of the “unelected ruling establishment.” And he said Mattis and Kelly were on this committee.
“Have you ever heard anything more smug, more pompous but — most importantly — more anti-democratic?” Hilton said. “Because it turns out that the Committee to Save America was really the Committee to Save the American Establishment. Its aim was to stop the president from delivering populist election promises.”
He reminds us that Bob Woodward reported on Mattis plotting to block Trump’s trade policy — not exactly the domain of a defense secretary. The goal being to educate the president.
“Because if you have a policy opinion that’s different from the ruling establishment’s, you must be stupid. Therefore, you must be ‘educated.’ You must be educated about … immigration,” Hilton continued. “As we know, Americans voted for border security, including a wall. Well, not if the Committee to Save America had anything to do with it.”
Hilton said Kelly boasted to Democrat lawmakers last year that Trump had not been “fully informed” when he promised a border wall and that the president “evolved” on the issue after being educated by Kelly.
“He’s very definitely changed his attitude towards the DACA issue and even the wall, once we briefed him,” Kelly told Fox New’s Brett Baier in an interview at the time.
This same cabal opposed Trump’s efforts to get America out of the endless wars in the Middle East, as seen when the president said he would withdraw troops from Syria and begin a reduction in Afghanistan.
The amazing irony being, as Hilton noted, the same liberals who criticized America’s endless foreign wars attacked Trump for trying to get out of them.
He opines that President Obama caved to “impressive-looking generals with gravelly voices and gold braid all over their chests,” resulting in Obama sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.
“You know the reason for the change: Obama’s generals rolled him. Well, Trump turned out to be different. He finally stood up to the generals, and rightly so,” Hilton penned.
He also said Mattis and Kelly “tried to impose their military views, even after they’d been rejected by civilian leadership. They were self-righteous, subversive and disloyal. Oh, and swampy at the same time.”
This being a reference to the former generals being handsomely compensated by the giants of the defense industry after leaving the military.
Hilton concluded to point to what he considered the real threat to this country:
James Mattis, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn and all the rest of you in the self-regarding and self-aggrandizing Committee to Save America — come on, then. Tell us. Tell us now, or we’ll have to conclude that your real problem is with President Trump’s policies — policies which aim to overturn a half-century of your elitist ideological orthodoxy and which the American people explicitly voted for in an election.
It is the establishment’s efforts to block those policies that truly undermine democratic norms and represent a threat to our Constitutional republic and the rule of law.