Trump supporters are lining up to praise the president’s decision to replace the feckless Reince Priebus with Gen. John Kelly, certain that the Marine veteran and now-former Department of Homeland Security secretary has the right combination of leadership and discipline to bring order to a White House characterized by factions and infighting. In an op-ed this weekend, Trump loyalist Newt Gingrich said he was pleased with the new chief of staff and predicted that Trump and Kelly could work together to make this presidency “one of the most effective in history.”
“President Trump has made a big decision in bringing Kelly to the White House to be chief of staff,” Gingrich wrote. “It will be fascinating to watch these two powerful, experienced leaders forge a unique working relationship. I predict the White House will become more orderly and disciplined – with clear lines of authority, serious planning and strong teamwork. The person who may benefit most from this change is President Trump. He has worked with many smart, successful people in his remarkable career, but he has never worked this closely with someone as used to command, organization and dignified insistence on teamwork as Secretary Kelly.”
But while the accolades from Team Trump may be reassuring, the best measure of a Trump decision is how it is received by his political enemies. And you can already see liberal Democrats freaking out over Kelly’s promotion. In a column for The Nation, writer Julianne Hing said Kelly as chief of staff would be a “disaster for immigrants.”
“In the last six months, Kelly has turned the DHS into one of the most productive arms of the Trump administration,” Hing wrote. “Kelly managed to translate much of Trump’s brazen anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric into actual policy. And if the numbers are any indication, Kelly has certainly flourished. Arrests since Trump took office in February increased by 40 percent over the prior year. But perhaps more important than the numbers is Kelly’s impact on immigrant communities, where apprehension and fear now reign.”
Wrong. There is no fear and apprehension in immigrant communities, many of which supported Trump’s hardline stances in the campaign. There is some of both in ILLEGAL immigrant communities, however, to which we say, ohhhhhh wellllll. When a new sheriff arrives in town, it’s not unusual for criminals to be afraid. It’s also not the worst thing in the world, contrary to what the lawless left believes.
Liberal pundits aren’t the only ones sounding the alarm bells. California congresswoman Barbara Lee tweeted, “By putting Gen. John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House and putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist.”
How else can you even respond to something like that except by saying, LOL?
The more your average Democrat despises a Trump decision, the better that decision usually is. We were already psyched to see the formidable Kelly take the reins of an unruly White House; liberal horror just makes us that much more excited.