Chris Hayes has tweeted "I still can’t quite get my head around the viciousness of Kelly telling that story about Rep. Wilson, which she says is false."
So does Cowanda-Jones Johnson, widow of La David T. Johnson, so Chief of Staff Kelly gets a pass, deservedly or not, which it is not.
Trump's Chief of Staff on Thursday remarked also
It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred. You know, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor. That's obviously not the case anymore as we see from recent cases. Life -- the dignity of life -- is sacred. That's gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well.
It stuns me that Kelly would be surprised that Mrs. Johnson would allow others in the car with her when she received the President's call to have listened to the call, especially because the congresswoman is a friend of the family. He should be stunned- better yet, embarrassed- because the guy he works for claimed he had "proof" that Representative Wilson's version of events was inaccurate, and has yet to produce such "proof."
Kelly is entitled to use his position to rengage the culture war by lamenting a time when "women were sacred" and were second-class citizens, and when the dignity of life meant depriving women of reproductive freedom. He also is entitled to imagine that religion is "gone as well."
Claiming "religion, that seems to be gone as well," Kelly evidently has slept through Sunday mornings, unaware that tens of millions of Americans gather in their preferred house of worship at that time (or at other times if they so choose). The plea for vague religiosity, women on a pedestal, and a woman's right to choose as an evil are straight out of Donald Trump's playbook. Kelly now should be held accountable for the Trump presidency in a way that he didn't before, when he was held above criticism as one of the presumed "adults" in the Administration.
Lawrence O'Donnell closes his program on MSNBC by giving someone "the last word." Now the last word will go to Gregg Popovich. "The people who work with this president," Popovich told The Nation recently, "should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”