Proving that he’s every bit the class act he appears to be, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps General, did not respond in kind after a House Democrat called him a “disgrace to the uniform” last week. Kelly responded to an email from Fox News this weekend, asking him to remark on the disgusting attack levied by Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez. It would have been completely within Kelly’s rights to lambast Gutierrez, who was upset about the general’s supposed promise to help save DACA, but he admirably took the high road.
“As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility,” Kelly said. “They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them. As my blessed mother used to say ‘empty barrels make the most noise.’ The congressman has a right to his opinion.”
A masterful response that says it all without sinking to Gutierrez’s level.
And why should Kelly sink to that level? He doesn’t have to. Plenty of conservatives jumped to his defense when Gutierrez made his remarks. Even if they hadn’t, the Democrat’s attack was obscene on its face. To talk that way about a general in the Marine Corps – a man who has dedicated his adult life to serving his country – is beyond reprehensible. Nothing needs to be said in response. Gutierrez proved, in that moment, that he’s nothing more than a partisan Democrat who cares more about illegal immigrants than the rule of law.
Although, in that respect, he’s certainly not alone.
As to the specific accusation hurled by Gutierrez – that Kelly broke his promise to help save Obama’s executive order – Kelly said it’s hogwash.
“Every DOJ and DHS lawyer says DACA is unconstitutional,” he said. “Every other legal scholar – right and left – says the same thing. Trump didn’t end DACA, the law did. That said, I worked and succeeded to give the congress another six months to do something. I am not confident.”