White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has just about shed his previous identity of presidential babysitter and taken on his final form, “just another bigoted Trump Administration loose cannon.” With his comments earlier this week calling Dreamers “lazy,” Kelly finally alienated the last remaining supporters he may have had amongst functional, literate Americans.
One response to the comment went viral on Twitter.
Dear Chief of Staff Kelly,
I served in uniform for 8 years. I was a Marine infantryman. I enlisted 37 years ago. Since that day, I have never felt contempt for a Marine officer, like I felt for you, when made the "too lazy to get off their asses" remark.
Shame, sir. For shame.
— Chaplain America (@Chaplain_Billx) February 7, 2018
Both a former serviceman and a chaplain, this guy has the street cred and moral authority to call Kelly out on his BS.
Kelly told the Washington Post what he really thinks of Dreamers by way of explaining what the President is willing to do for them in exchange for the money to build his wall. He said that the president’s proposal would extend to cover not only 690,000 currently protected by DACA, but also those who are eligible but haven’t registered. The White House estimates that bumps the number up to 1.8 million.
“The difference between 690 [thousand] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up,” Kelly told The Washington Post. “So the president, shockingly, said OK, 1.8 million, and then probably the biggest shock was in a path to citizenship. That’s beyond what anyone could have imagined.”
Kelly is so tone deaf with his statement, he fails to see that he is actually part of the problem he purports to try to solve. More than half of those 1.8 million people may have feared all along that by registering for protection under DACA, they’d be handing over to the government the personal information it would need to one day round them up and deport them.
That’s not lazy, that’s well founded fear. John Kelly’s doing nothing to resolve it with his heartless statement, and only serves to undercut any accidental goodwill the White House might have built with the Dreamers through this policy proposal.
Everybody now sees him for what he is, just another out of touch old white guy aiding and abetting Trump’s criminal undermining of American democracy.