In a shocking panel discussion about the growing discontent with President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, conservative commentator Steve Cortes came after Joan Walsh of The Nation in a personal attack.
Rumors have spread of the first family being frustrated with Kelly after the flub over Sgt. La David Johnson and his personal attack on Rep. Frederick Wilson (D-FL). That followed with a series of missteps including calling DREAMers “too lazy to get off their asses” to apply for DACA status. Finally, it was revealed he was ignoring concerns over senior aide Rob Porter and his alleged history of domestic violence.
Kelly was seen by Republicans concerned about Trump’s leadership as a moderating force, but has proven to be anything but.
Host Erin Burnett questioned whether it was responsible for Kelly to not investigate Porter when it was clear there were problems and the FBI refused to give him the adequate clearance required to do his job.
Cortes blamed “the left” saying that they are coming after Kelly as “the latest boogy-man” or the “newest Steve Bannon.” He then pivoted to talk about Kelly’s service and brought up his son who died in the line of duty.
“This is a hero should be honored and venerated,” Cortes said. “A man who lives to serve the American public and American security. And for you, Joan, frankly, to besmirch him in this way–”
“Besmirch him? He besmirched himself,” Walsh replied.
“I am not fit to shine his shoes and frankly, neither of you, quite frankly!” Cortes shouted.
“I thank him for his service, Steve, stop filibustering,” Walsh said as Cortes continued to rail against the left and what a hero Kelly was. “I thank him for his service. I lament the loss of his son. Steve stop. Just shush. I lament the loss of his son I thank him for his service. And I think about the two ex-wives plus a girlfriend who told the FBI this information. It’s not like he just found it out last night, Steve. And I don’t know how you can live with yourself pretending.”
“Oh yes he did. Oh, yes he did,” Cortes disagreed, saying that Kelly only recently learned of the abuse allegations.
“No, he didn’t. OK, you’re calling CNN, you’re calling our reporters here liars?” Walsh asked. “They have reported, they have confirmed.”
Burnett cut in to say that the White House isn’t even trying to deny that Kelly knew, but she argued that he likely didn’t know that a photo existed. News of domestic violence is perhaps one thing while a photo of the violence is another, she said.
“Just because he’s a hero in one part of his life doesn’t mean he’s a hero in the rest. These women were betrayed by him,” Walsh said.
“I disagree. He is a hero, period, American hero, period. But here’s what matters, I think, OK, Erin, here’s what matters: did he know he beat his wife? Of course not. He would have never hired him. Did he know about the divorces? Yes, that was known,” Cortes claimed.
The devolved into chaos from there. Porter’s wives are slated to speak to the media about who they told and when they were told. Likely there will be an investigation into what was known and when it was known.
Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump
If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.
That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.
State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn
“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”
The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.
Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95
NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.
The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.
"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.