Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said he warned Trump that if he replaced him with a yes man that he would be impeached.

By |2019-10-26T15:16:35-08:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

And guess what, he was right.

Courtesy of the Washington Examiner

John Kelly warned President Trump that hiring a “yes man” to succeed him as White House chief of staff would lead to impeachment and, in hindsight, regrets his decision to resign.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump less than a year after Kelly departed the administration. The retired, four-star Marine general suggested the blame lies squarely with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and other advisers who are unable, or unwilling, to keep the president out of trouble.

Kelly, 69, said he privately cautioned Trump during his final days on the job that he would be impeached if he did not tap a chief of staff with the fortitude to check the president’s bad impulses. Kelly said he does not believe the president would be in this predicament had he stayed.

“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 in an interview at the Sea Island Summit, a political conference hosted by the Washington Examiner.

“That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving,” Kelly said. “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.”

This essentially reinforces the narrative that Trump has been either committing impeachable offenses, or trying to commit impeachable offenses, since he first took office and has only lasted this long because staff members redirected him or covered for him. 

The man has been unfit for office since day one, and history will have to determine if folks like John Kelly provided the country with a service by protecting him from his worst instincts or hurt the country by keeping him in office longer and allowing him to eventually inflict even more egregious damage.

I am leaning more toward the latter. 

P.S. Here is how the White House Press Secretary responded to comments by Kelly.

Oh yeah, he couldn’t handle Trump’s “genius” that’s the ticket. 

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  1. ok October 27, 2019 at 7:37 am

    “They are not into the use of cell phones any more. They’re very technically brilliant. They use the Internet better than almost anybody in the world, perhaps other than Donald Trump.
    But they use the Internet incredibly well, and what they’ve done with the Internet and through recruiting and everything, and that is why he died look a dog, he died like a coward.”
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    • Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 8:04 am

      “Trump described how special forces executed a “dangerous and daring night time raid” in which American military dogs chased and cornered Baghdadi in a closed tunnel where he detonated his suicide vest killing himself and three of his young children he had with him. Trump said he watched the entire mission. “It was just like a movie,”

      “He died like a dog,” Trump said. “He was whimpering, screaming, crying. He died like a coward.”

    • anon October 27, 2019 at 8:26 am

      FB>”“Abu Bakar (Bakr) Al Baghdadi is dead.”


      We got a terrorist. Good. Good for Trump. Good for America. Good for the world.
      I detest Trump’s grotesque gleeful description of the operation, lovingly describing death and carnage as if it were one of his Reality TV shows, but I’m not going to begrudge him this victory on his watch.

      I’d like to think we’re better than Trump himself.”<Jim Wright

  2. anonymous October 27, 2019 at 7:40 am

    ““Bin Laden was a big thing,” Trump said unprompted, “but this is the biggest there is – this is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was big, but Osama became big with the World Trade Center.”

    “This was a man who built a whole, as he would like to call it, a country, a caliphate, and was trying to do it again,””

    “God ordered us to wage ‘jihad.’ He did not order us to win,”

  3. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 7:48 am

    “White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham elaborated on that with another statement to CNN.

    “I worked with John Kelly,” Grisham said. “and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”

    The White House confirmed both of the statements to HuffPost.”

    Asked by a House committee lawmaker as part of the ongoing impeachment probe if the arrangement was a quid pro quo, Sondland responded that he wasn’t a lawyer but believed the answer was yes, his attorney Robert Luskin told the newspaper.

  4. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 8:09 am

    One only has to look at Giuliani being hired to know Only the slimiest will do.

  5. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 8:31 am

    John Kelley

  6. ANON October 27, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Trump makes some of his false claims with remarkable consistency, repeating the same invented tales and figures almost verbatim dozens of times.

    In summary: Obama not talking to Kim morphed into Obama unsuccessfully begging Kim for a meeting, which morphed into Obama unsuccessfully trying to call Kim “11 times.”
    There is no evidence Obama ever sought a meeting with Kim or tried to call Kim even once.


  7. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

    FB>”Several decades ago when I was young and stupid (now I’m old and not quite as stupid) I overindulged. I should have stopped when I should have stopped, but it was quite a night. Yes, it was.
    The next morning, however —
    There’s that. The next morning.
    When Trump is finally gone — whether impeached, resigned, or dead by an overdose of hamberders and covfefe — when Trump is finally gone, this nation will stagger back to its feet and say, “What the hell was that?”
    We will have a national hangover. We will stagger to the free clinic for a penicillin shot. We will look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “Oh, god, what was I thinking. Never again, never again.”
    The mental recovery will be like the Kubler-Ross heirarchy of grief. We will experience anger, bargaining, desperation, denial, and at some point … we will pretend we’ve gotten past it.
    But no —
    In one sense, we are all “Holocaust survivors” because we all live in a world now where we know a Holocaust is possible. In the same sense, most of us are going to be Trump survivors — and the scars will be part of our national psyche forever.
    The worst thing we can do is rationalize, justify, explain, or gaslight our way out of accepting responsibility for letting our democracy be imperiled by puppetrump and his Russian handlers. We need to get serious about our future.
    Yeah, we’re going to have a vast national reaction. We’ve been stressed too far. We will not only snap back, we will over-snap. I hope that our overreaction will be to seek out and bring to justice every criminal enabler who made this nightmare possible.
    But we cannot ever pretend that things will go back to normal. Normal is no longer definable. We have to invent a new normal — one that is based on rationality and empathy.
    Otherwise … it’s going to get worse and it’ll never get better.”

    • Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      The problem will be with this country’s “alcoholics” who will day never again and then continue to get “drunk” voting for more Deplorable Republicans. Sure, they might have a moment of regret but they keep repeating the behavior. For them, there is no “Deplorables Anonymous.”

  8. Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I am not up on politics to know every name, but look at the number of republicans resigning their seats.
    The ‘Pollyanna” in me wants to believe a conscience.

    • Anonymous October 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      A few, maybe. But some are just going on hiatus because they know they can’t win the next election, so they’ll sit out and then come back in another cycle or two.

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