Morning Briefing: General John Kelly Is a Bad Man; A Really Bad Man
Good morning, and Happy Halloween everyone! Wanna see something terrifying?
Months late, the White House releases official portraits of Trump and Pence pic.twitter.com/cM1G5Tcjn9— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) October 31, 2017
That should be the movie poster for Get Out 2. Moviegoers would be too fucking terrified to go see it, though.
Unfortunately, this morning is just not going to be as exciting as yesterday. Today is like a hangover from all that political glee. Today, instead of indictments, we have General John Kelly talking up the “honorable” Robert E. Lee and seemingly blaming Lincoln’s inability to compromise for the Civil War.
Chief of Staff John Kelly praises Robert E Lee as "honorable man," says "lack of an ability to compromise led to the civil war," not slavery pic.twitter.com/GSuVRrGKlQ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 31, 2017
No one offered a better response to that than Ta-Nehisi Coates, but you’re going to have to click over to Twitter to read the Thread:
Regarding John Kelly's creationist theorizing on Lee and the Civil War, its worth pointing out a few things.— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) October 31, 2017
tl;dr: There were a lot of compromises both before and after the Civil War, and none of those compromises favored African Americans.
Black People: hey hi we are not your property— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) October 31, 2017
Southerners: yes the fuck you are
John Kelly: damn shame they couldn’t meet in the middle https://t.co/bGlzkO4NjR
General Kelly is a real-deal racist, which is probably why he refuses to apologize to Rep. Wilson in spite of incontrovertible video evidence that he was lying his damn ass off.
John Kelly says he doesn’t owe Rep. Wilson an apology even though he mischaracterized her speech: “Absolutely not. I stand by my comments."— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 31, 2017
That interview, by the way, was with Laura Ingraham, whose new show kicked off last night on Fox News, in case you were worried that Fox might ever temper their right-wing zealotry. Fox News, by the way, continues to live in an alternative universe:
Hannity just called Hillary Clinton "President Clinton"— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) October 31, 2017
I want to go to there.
Trump is on the horn this morning, too. But his heart is clearly not in it. There’s barely any ALL CAPS here.
The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was "no collusion" and events mentioned took place long before he…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
….came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
Maybe he’s feeling deflated after he saw the cover of the NYDaily News this morning:
Meanwhile, I suspect that the only reason an indictment for Carter Page hasn’t been handed down yet is because Mueller just likes watching him step in it every time he appears on television. Dear God, this is a dumb motherfucker.
Why does Carter Page keep giving interviews? This is just brutal. pic.twitter.com/wjo4KfzXQt— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 31, 2017
For what it’s worth: The indictments probably aren’t finished yet:
Richard Blumenthal on MSNBC: We can expect many more indictments. "It's the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 31, 2017
In fact, there are four sealed cases in between Papadopoulos and Manafort on the docket.
U.S. District Court for D.C. has four sealed cases in its docket with case numbers between Papadopoulos' (182) and Manafort's (201). pic.twitter.com/zDKMY3qHM6— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) October 30, 2017
So, on #IndictmentLeftoversTuesday, I leave you with these words of inspiration from “President Clinton.”
Oh no, it's too early to cry. pic.twitter.com/5ADVo5zhvm— Clar- AHHHH! 🇵🇷 (@SayWhatSugar) October 31, 2017
(Header photo, by the way, is of LeBron James, a 6’8 Pennywise who can dunk on you.)
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