In the Trump administration’s desperation to deflect attention from federal charges being filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner and former campaign adviser Rick Gates, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham about – yet again – the removal of Confederate statues.

Chelsea Clinton, however, took it upon herself to set the White House Chief of Staff straight and condemn his misguided history.

Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederacy, was a glorified traitor to the United States, nearly tearing the country apart in an effort to maintain the institution of slavery. Furthermore, while Kelly claims that the “lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, he left out the fact that the difference on which both sides were unwilling to compromise was whether states should be admitted into the Union as free states or slave states.

Kelly’s remarks tonight, then, are, at best, a testament to Kelly’s ignorance of basic American history and, at worst, a tacit endorsement of slavery. Either way, the White House Chief of Staff should be ashamed of his comments.

Unfortunately, Kelly’s comments are par for the course of the most flagrantly xenophobic, homophobic, racist, and misogynistic administration in modern American history. From Trump’s defense of “both sides” at the Charlottesville rally to this administration’s desperation to preserve the most shameful monuments of our nation’s past, this White House has not been shy about exactly who they are.

Their abhorrent ideals are not, however, what the United States of America represents, a fact that Chelsea Clinton wasted no time imparting.

What do you think?


  1. This 71 year old Veteran says Lees treason was pure evil, and a disgrace! His father, Light Horse Harry Lee was General Washington General buddies. Roberts treason turned his Lee Estate Arlington House into “Arlington National Cemetery”. And yet the leader that caused the death of over a half a million americans they let die of old age. While murdering Lincoln, whose idea of an loyalty oath stopped the surrendering confederates brought to trials for treason and forgave. Which the Prohibition, Jim Crow law, KKK, NeoNazi’s have been Americas reward for that mercy. When a kid born in Urbana, Illinois heard stories of confederates vandalizing Lincolns kids tomb as well as his own slumberous times. [check google]

  2. Every monument to anyone of the confederacy should be removed, and replaced with a plaque stating that the person who was honored by the removed monument was a traitor to the US and is due no honor.


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