When Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John F. Kelly appeared on the inaugural episode of the brand-new The Ingraham Angle, with notoriously right-wing host Laura Ingraham, he proved he was the same flavor of racist as everyone else in the Trump White House: A defender of slavery and Confederate monuments.
In fact, he may have gone further with his love of Confederate traitor Robert E. Lee than even the president has, praising him as “an honorable man” forced to choose his state over his country, to fight in a war that Kelly said could have been avoided through “compromise.”
But rather than apologize for this kind of disgusting behavior and sentiment, it looks like the White House is embracing it, or at least, attempting to put a spin on it that changes the meaning of what Kelly said entirely. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in her typical fashion, not only excused Kelly’s actions but feigned absolute outrage that anyone would even suggest that Kelly was a racist (after he said all that racist garbage).
All of our leaders have flaws. Washington, Jefferson, JFK, Roosevelt, Kennedy — that doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country and it certainly can’t erase them from our history, and Gen. Kelly was simply making the point that just because history isn’t perfect, doesn’t mean that it’s not our history.”
The point that Sanders misses, of course, is that Robert E. Lee was only a “leader” to traitors who fought against America. He certainly wasn’t one of “OUR” leaders. But the Trump administration is never content to just lie about a thing or ignore it or simply refuse to apologize for it.
No, without fail, Team Trump always doubles down when they’ve done something stupid, and this was no exception. After being pressed on whether Kelly should apologize for his racially insensitive remarks, she didn’t just say he shouldn’t — she said he was correct in what he said:
I do know that many historians, including Shelby Foote in Ken Burns’ famous Civil War documentary, agreed that a failure to compromise was a cause of the Civil War.”
No, Sarah. It was slavery. Pretty much just the slavery did it.
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