When he appeared before the White House press corps in the briefing room Thursday, Chief of Staff John Kelly did his best to try and prop up his lying boss. But he went farther than that, also taking time to slag Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
In his remarks, Kelly referred to Wilson as an “empty barrel,” and he then attempted to smear her and suggest she was a publicity seeker. Kelly recalled an event he had attended in 2015 where Wilson was also present:
A congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there and all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call he gave the money — the $20 million — to build the building. And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.”
That’s one hell of a damning statement. But it also happens to be a complete lie.
A Florida newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel, was also present for that event, and they even made a video of Ms. Wilson’s remarks. And what Wilson said doesn’t even come close to the BS that flowed from Kelly’s mouth. She actually gave credit to John Boehner, who was Speaker of the House at the time. And then she added:
“It speaks to the respect that our Congress has for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The men and women who put their lives on the line every single day. And today we’re providing a boost to our nation by naming this fantastic building in honor of special agents Benjamin B. Grogan and Jerry L. Dubbs, who died valiantly on Friday, April 11th , in what is still considered the bloodiest gun battle in the storied history of the FBI.”
Does that sound like something that would leave the people who heard it “stunned”?
What’s stunning is that a supposed man of honor, an ex-Marine, would tell such a blatant lie just to protect a despicable piece of shit like Donald Trump.
John Kelly is no better than Donald Trump. In some ways, he’s even worse. He deserves no respect at all. None.
Here’s the video of Congresswoman Wilson on the Sun-Sentinel’s website.
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