Gen. John Kelly has emerged as President Donald Trump’s most effective spokesperson. He is plain-spoken and authentic.
His defense of Donald Trump’s phone call to a war widow was heartfelt and easily understood, but he had to be punished for that. The Democrats and their allies in the media decided to pretend Kelly using the phrase “empty barrel” to describe provocateur Congresswoman Frederica Wilson was racist. (It’s not).
Last week, the pretend outrage around Kelly centered on his lamenting that Americans do not want to compromise on anything in Washington D.C., a completely reasonable view. While Kelly described the importance of compromise he referenced the Civil War and he praised Robert E. Lee.
“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” Kelly said. “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”
For some reason that was portrayed as Kelly taking up the South’s “lost cause” or arguing for slavery.
But they still raked Kelly across the coals for a completely reasonable comparison.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 1, 2017
Perspective: John Kelly is wrong: slavery, not compromise, caused the Civil War https://t.co/5UDOA1ZN07
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 1, 2017
Do they think John Kelly doesn’t know about slavery and it’s role in the Civil War?
Of course he understands this and they know it.
But, let’s play their stupid game for a second, this is a Tweet (and an ad that was seen during the ‘Bama-LSU game Saturday night) by Democrat Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.
Today, we say that there is honor in compromise. Real leaders work together to get things done. pic.twitter.com/h5f6zfma84
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) October 30, 2017
That’s right, Jones is now calling for compromise AND stating that a lack of compromise contributed to the Civil War. If you watch the video, he also praised a Southern General just like Kelly did.
Is Doug Jones fighting for slavery? For the South’s “lost cause”? No, of course not. He is speaking out, in generic politician speak, about the insane polarization of our modern political system, just like John Kelly was.
So where is the American media?
Feeding the polarization.
Pretending John Kelly is a monster.
Asking Sarah Huckabee Sanders if the Trump Administration thinks that slavery is wrong…
— The Hill (@thehill) November 1, 2017
But on Doug Jones?
Admittedly, Jones is down as much as 17 points to Roy Moore, so maybe he isn’t on their radar? That argument doesn’t fly because the national media has been running a non-stop attack on Moore’s candidacy since the day he beat Luther Strange in the Republican run-off.
Why? Because this isn’t about right and wrong, black and white, or even the things these individuals actually believe, all of this outrage is about running down Kelly, and making him into a racist and minimizing him as an advocate for Donald Trump and his administration.
They are willing to dishonestly trash a Gold Star father, a decorated American general and a good man, in order to hurt Donald Trump, Republicans and conservatives.
Make no mistake, that is what all of this is about.
Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.
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