Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was thoroughly despised by the left when he worked for President Trump, is suddenly being hailed by liberals as a stand-up guy because he said something critical of his old boss.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham threw some serious shade on Kelly’s fleeting moment of shine before liberal America.
It all begin Saturday when the former Trump administration official was speaking at the Washington Examiner’s Sea Island Summit political conference in Georgia, with Kelly commenting on impeachment.
In effect, the retired four-star general expressed regret over leaving his role as White House chief of staff and said he warned Trump that hiring a “yes man” to succeed him would lead to impeachment — this being an apparent slight to current acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that. Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached,” Kelly recalled
“That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving,” he continued. “It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place.”
In criticizing those now surrounding the president, Kelly would express remorse over leaving.
“The system that should be in place, clearly — the system of advising, bringing in experts in, having these discussions with the president so he can make an informed decision, that clearly is not in place. And I feel bad that I left,” he said.
The media was eager to embrace the remarks in their campaign to undermine the president and Kelly was trending throughout the day Saturday on social media, but President Trump dismissed the claim, telling reporters Kelly never said that to him.
“John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that,” Trump reportedly said. “If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of the office. He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.”
NEW: President Trump responds to the John Kelly comments: “John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that. If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of the office. He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.” per @nikkicarvajal
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) October 26, 2019
Grisham, the president’s spokesperson, took it further, telling reporters Kelly was ill-suited to work with Trump, who she characterized in a very complimentary manner.
“I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President,” she reportedly said.
.@PressSec responds to Kelly:
“I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) October 26, 2019
But then, Grisham is close enough to see firsthand the president’s accomplishments before being filtered by the liberal media pushing a political agenda.
That she was so effusive in her praise of the man she works for sent the left over the edge, with immediate comparisons made to North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, who is often referred to as “Dear Leader.”
this is some Dear Leader shit https://t.co/mletGKpfMp
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) October 26, 2019
The supreme leader approves https://t.co/btUgZvVD5U pic.twitter.com/ThYKTFMMi7
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) October 26, 2019
When did Kim Jong-un become POTUS? https://t.co/269rn7ErhF
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 26, 2019
As for Kelly’s remarks, former 2016 Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a tweet, “If John has any political skills he would have worked harder to save the majority in 2018.”
“A: John was fired. B: Mick is great. C: If John has any political skills he would have worked harder to save the majority in 2018,” Lewandowski tweeted.
A: John was fired. B: Mick is great. C: If John has any political skills he would have worked harder to save the majority in 2018. https://t.co/CnNERWaypa
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) October 26, 2019
Social media users also pointed out that Democrats pursuing impeachment was a forgone conclusion, as U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, was calling for the impeachment of President Trump from the floor of Congress on May 17, 2017, four months after he took office.
And then there’s the Washington Post article, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun,” run the day of Trump’s inauguration.
Articles of impeachment were filed within 100 days of Trump taking office. This would have happened regardless of who the WH COS is.
— Chief Humping Dog (@pierceoutlaw) October 26, 2019
He would have been impeached regardless. Has been the plan since the House went Left
— Bill Tsamis (@BillTsamis) October 26, 2019
Doesn’t exactly make him a prophet, given that the Democrats started Trump impeachment on Nov. 8, 2016.
— Guitarish (@DavidInFlalala) October 26, 2019
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