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Disappointment With General Kelly

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 10/20/17 21:15, Edited: 10/20/17 21:16

by Dave Mindeman

Something struck me about General Kelly's "defense" of Trump at the press briefing yesterday. Here is a quote that caught my attention:

"When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred. They were looked upon with great honor. That's obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases. Life, the dignity of life was sacred - that's gone. Religion - that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families - that left at the convention over the summer. I just thought that selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield..I just thought that that might still be sacred."

That little speech was reported as "moving" and "solemn". General Kelly was trying to be thoughtful and retrospective. And maybe to him, it was very true.

But all I could think of, as he spoke, was well these things....

Women - Access Hollywood

Life - risking lives with health insurance; callous disregard for deaths of soldiers. Mismanagement of recovery in Puerto Rico, putting lives at risk.

Religion - does anyone truly believe that Trump is serious about his faith? I remember the words of my pastor from my youth: Anyone can say the right words - your deeds are what demonstrates your faith.

Gold Star families - The Khans

Deaths on the Battlefield - Whether or not Trump speaks to the families of the fallen is not the true test. It is more about how and why you put our soldiers in harm's way. Tell us the truth about Niger.

General Kelly's words, to me, were just a confirmation of Trump's many failures as a person and as a President. For General Kelly to use that moment to disparage a sitting Congresswoman's reputation is unconscienable. He joined in more of Trump lies in order to defend a President who is not worthy to defend.

We were told that General Kelly was going to be the "adult in the room" - but, as it turns out, Trump is just pulling him down into the swamp.
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