General John Kelly will no longer be White House chief of staff.
The New York Times reports: “John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election for his party. Mr. Trump, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn before departing for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, said that he would announce a replacement for Mr. Kelly, perhaps on an interim basis, in the next day or two. “John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” the president said. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.” The leading candidate to replace Mr. Kelly is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and a Republican political operative, who possesses the kind of savvy about campaigns that Mr. Trump has craved. Mr. Kelly, a career military officer before becoming Mr. Trump’s first homeland security secretary, lacked such experience.”
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Nick Ayers seems like a decent enough guy but if he tries to freeze out MAGA people in favor of Pence-wing apologists, that would also be a problem. So, he shouldn’t do that.
The moderate-minded general Kelly first inflamed President Trump supporters when, as DHS chief, he made it clear to the Border Patrol union that there would never be a wall. Steve Bannon ignored warnings about Kelly from people in the know — as he often did during that period — and embraced Kelly as chief of staff. Soon, Bannon was gone. To their consternation, Bannon’s enemies Jared Kushner and Ivanka did not mesh well with Kelly, either.
Kelly is a decent man, and Trump supporters appreciate his service to our country. But we also need a Wall, and we need some hard-charging entrepeneurial people in that White House who have a better vision of what American nationalism means in an age in which a criminal Deep State is clinging to power and the entire corporate mainstream media is against the president.
Also, Kelly’s successor at DHS Kirstjen Nielsen is not exactly doing a bang-up job, considering the number of migrants who have made it over the “fence” at our Wall-less southern border.
President Trump’s relationship with the military is a good thing, but General Flynn was supposed to be the closest general to the president, advising Trump on how to save the Country. Flynn got bounced by the Crossfire Hurricane conspirators. Almost two years have gone by and the Republicans in Congress and Fox News have done a lot of complaining — based on actual reporting from the independent media about how Bad the Deep State situation is — but the GOP has not actually done anything to help out.
Anyway, let’s hope Kelly gets replaced by somebody more MAGA-oriented, and, for the record, we at BLP — which is run by me with no input from anyone more famous — have no beef with General Kelly and we wish him well.
Attorney General Bill Barr Folds to the Mob, Claims There is Systemic Racism in Law Enforcement
Barr said that law enforcement being unfair to blacks is a “widespread phenomenon.”
Attorney General Bill Barr has bent his knee to Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists, defending the lie of systemic racism during an interview with ABC News.
“I do think it is a widespread phenomenon that African American males, in particular, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt,” Barr said to ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas during an exclusive interview.
“I think it is wrong if people are not respected appropriately and given their due,” he added, “and I think it’s something we have to address.”
Barr said that he is cheering on widespread reform in the wake of serial felon drug addict George Floyd’s death during a police encounter.
“Before the George Floyd incident I thought we were in a good place,” he said. “I think that this episode in Minneapolis showed that we still have some work to do in addressing the distrust that exists in the African American community toward law enforcement.”
Barr noted that he hopes Floyd’s death will serve as “a catalyst for the kinds of changes that are needed.”
Although Barr is paying lip service to BLM and throwing law enforcement under the bus, he has not yet joined the bandwagon to defund the police. He instead wants cops to be hamstrung and substituted with social workers in certain situations to deal with suspected criminals.
“We have to think about more investment in the police,” Barr said. “So one of the things we’ve been talking about is trying to direct some of the [Health and Human Services] money and grant programs and sync it up with law enforcement spending so we can enable the departments to have co-responders. That is, social workers and mental health experts who can go on certain kinds of calls to help.”
He cited a recent federal study conducted by the Justice Department’s civil rights division throwing law enforcement under the bus.
“We found, in that case, that there was a drug unit in the Springfield (Mass.) police department that was engaged in a pattern and practice of using excessive force,” Barr said.
Barr offered a very modest criticism of BLM during the interview for refusing to focus on the thousands of black lives that are taken by other black people.
“I also think [the phrase] is being used now – it is distorting the debate to some extent, because it is used really to refer almost exclusively to black lives that are lost to police misconduct,” he said. “Then you compare it to 8,000 homicides in the African American community, those are black lives that matter, too. And those are lives that are protected by the police.”
Barr’s response shows why Fox News host Tucker Carlson is saying that Republicans have failed abysmally in their response to a nationwide terror campaign from the Left. The weak response from the administration may cost Trump re-election in November.
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