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Kelly Makes the Case for Trump’s Removal

by Matthew Monforton Read Profile arrow_right_alt

Whether or not he meant to, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has shown why the Senate needs to remove Donald Trump.  Soon.

When Kelly was on his way out the door in December 2018, he told Trump that “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.

The problem, of course, is that the post-Reagan GOP is replete with “yes men” – and “yes women.”  Case in point is Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s press secretary, who offered this response, “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”  Grisham is sycophancy on steroids, along with Kelly’s predecessor, Mick get-over-it Mulvaney, and Mulvaney’s predecessor, Reince don’t-swat-the-small-stuff Preibus.

Kelly’s warning to Trump about facing eventual impeachment came without Kelly knowing anything about the Ukraine scandal – it hadn’t happened yet.

So if he didn’t know about the Ukraine scandal, how could Kelly have so confidently predicted that Trump would subsequently commit impeachable acts?

There’s an obvious answer: Kelly had previously witnessed Trump attempting to commit impeachable acts. And either Kelly and others were able to talk Trump down or else they failed and those acts haven’t yet surfaced.

Kelly demonstrated that countering Trump’s not just bad but lawless judgment takes a retired four-star Marine Corps general who isn’t desperate to advance (or preserve) his career. 

There’s apparently no one left in the White House who can keep Trump caged.  Which means that, absent 20 GOP Senators finding a spine during Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial, the Ukraine scandal will likely not be Trump’s last, or worst, impeachable act.

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