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‘A bully and a bigot’: Columnist brilliantly blows up myth John Kelly was the ‘adult in the room’ keeping Trump in check

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With news that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is leaving the side of President Donald Trump by the end of the year, cable pundits have spent the weekend praising the former Marine general for reining in Trump and keeping him from turning his worst instincts into horrific policies, much worse than what the president pushed through.

However, Mehdi Hasan, writing for The Intercept, begs to differ by comprehensively compiling a litany of abuses that occurred on Kelly’s watch — some, reportedly, at his own instigation.

With Hasan labeling Kelly as a “bully, a bigot and a liar for Trump,” the writer bid him goodbye and good riddance.

Noting Trump lauded Kelly as “a great guy,” the Intercept columnist said ‘not so fast.’

“This ‘great guy’ will leave behind an administration mired in scandal, chaos and corruption; a president perhaps even more reckless and lawless today than he was when Kelly arrived for work at the West Wing on the morning of July 31, 2017,” he wrote.

“Kelly, lest we forget, arrived at the White House from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he had quickly and proudly built a reputation ‘as one of the most aggressive enforcers of immigration law in recent American history,’ to quote from a scathing evaluation of his six-month tenure in charge of DHS by the New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer,” Hasan recalled.

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“Why did anyone with functioning eyes or ears assume he would do anything different at the White House?” he continued. “Why did political and media elites pretend he would be a sober and moderate figure, a check or restraint on the president, rather than Trump’s nasty and brutish mini-me?”

Hasan then presented a comprehensive list of actions (along with informative links) undertaken by Kelly which occurred during the outgoing-White House chief of staff’s “gaffe-laden, controversy-filled 17 months in charge.”

“Let’s be clear: Kelly was never a ‘great guy’; never the ‘adult in the room.'” he summed up. “He was a bully, a bigot and a liar; as racist and reactionary as his soon-to-be former boss.”

You can read the whole thing here  — including a comprehensive list of Kelly’s actions while working at the behest of Donald Trump.

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Trump flips out and threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran calls him retarded

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday angrily hit back at Iran after the nation accused him of being "retarded."

Writing on Twitter, the president accused Iran of making a "very ignorant and insulting statement" against him, which he said "only shows that they do not understand reality."

The president then threatened the nation with "obliteration" if it didn't wise up.

"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," he wrote. "In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!"

....Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!

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Condo owner sends recording of monkey noises to prospective renter — and repeatedly calls her the N-word

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Giulia Ozyesilpinar, the owner and operator of the Ocean Five Condo Hotel in Miami Beach, went on a racist tirade this week against a prospective renter because she didn't promptly respond to her WhatsApp messages.

The Miami New Times reports that London resident Monifah Brown had booked a condo at Ocean Five with some friends who were planning to go with her to a summer vacation in Miami.

However, after booking the condo, Ozyesilpinar sent her messages saying that she was having problems processing her credit cards. After Brown didn't initially respond to those messages, Ozyesilpinar sent her a racist message telling her that she was hurting the reputations of other black people.

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‘Incoherent’ Trump blistered by ex-National Security Council member for acting as Putin’s unwitting stooge

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In a ferocious column for Politico, a former member of the National Security Council who served under both President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton called out Donald Trump for what he called the president's "incomprehensible" policies when it comes to Russia.

According to Andrew S. Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, the American president is likely the best friend Russian President Vladimir Putin could wish for.

Pointing out that Trump's meeting with Putin in Osaka is only days away, Weiss, who worked on Russian affairs in the State Department, said the get-together is happening just as three government officials with the most experience dealing with Russia -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman -- are leaving the administration.

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