Kirsters Baish| It was great to see Chief of Staff John Kelly stand up on Thursday and deliver what will go down in history as one of the most legendary White House press briefings of our time. he took questions from people who personally knew Gold Star families, and he also reminded everyone watching about the “sacred” values that are, unfortunately, being drained from American society.
General Kelly is actually a Gold Star father himself. And he began the news conference by reprimanding Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for her claims that President Donald Trump had “insulted” the widow of a fallen American soldier who was murdered in Niger. He explained that he was “stunned” by the way that she decided to politicize the death of La David Johnson. Like the majority of Americans, Kelly was disgusted by her actions.
General Kelly explained his point of view on the matter saying, “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call between the President of the United States and his young wife.”
Kelly went on to say, “I thought at least that was sacred. As a kid growing up a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor; that’s obviously not the case anymore as we’ve seen in recent cases. Life and dignity of life were sacred, that’s gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families, I think that left in the convention over the summer. I just thought that selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield, I just thought that might be sacred.”
As a man who is the father of a United States military member, General Kelly began to get emotional during the press briefing. His views are the same as many Americans, that the death of a United States soldier is not something to be politicized.
You can watch General Kelly’s emotional press briefing below.