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"The one thing I was always told is you absolutely have to tell truth to power. Whether you're a second lieutenant working with a captain and a lieutenant colonel, or a four-star general working with the Office Secretary of Defense and the White House, the decision makers have got to have ground truth." -- John F. Kelly
John Kelly has worked hard to cultivate his image as a good no nonsense "truth telling" soldier, but he has his weaknesses. Does he share a certain animosity towards women of color just like his boss as Lawrence O'Donnell suggested on his show? Perhaps.
We also know as well from past comments that he doesn't have a high regard for the law makers in Washington. Perhaps there was something that Rep Wilson had said in a prior speech that he remembered and confused. Her signature cowboy hat would make her stand out and be remembered. The hat in itself could be seen as a means of "show boating" for someone like Kelly.
But as many media sources have now shown, John Kelly had his facts very wrong in castigating Rep. Wilson. The Washington Post has an editorial stating that Kelly owes Rep Wilson an apology. John Kelly is the news on Friday and now the whole weekend of Saturday and Sunday Talk shows. It will weigh heavily on his mind.
For someone that prides himself on telling the truth it is hard to understand his out of character tirade against Rep Wilson. His image has been tarnished, and the best thing he could do is go on the Sunday talk shows and apologize from the heart...sincerely like he spoke about the death of his son.
Will that happen? Or will he let the White House staffers and Trump continue to double down on their concocted fake story?
Kelly may privately realize that he was "set up" by White House staffers (e.g. decision makers) to do Trump's dirty work again to bail out another lie. But will he have the guts to admit it publically? To do so will go against his boss, and one thing you can say about Kelly --he is a good loyal soldier who follows orders.
So will he make a showing on one or more Sunday talk shows to do damage control? I think so.