'He's with Trump on Immigration': MSNBC Analyst Explains Why John Kelly Is Not One of the Adults in the Room
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly continued to face blowback Friday after an interview published the night before by NPR revealed he made prejudiced comments about immigrants crossing the Mexican border. John Heilemann, an MSNBC analyst, explained that these comments were hardly out of character for the general.
"John Kelly constantly makes these kinds of comments," Heileman said on "Deadline: White House" with host Nicolle Wallace. "This is not the first time he's said it."
He continued: "He is with [President Donald] Trump on immigration." Heilemann noted how Kelly's interview remarks were a less extreme version of the notorious speech Trump made to launch his campaign, saying immigrants are bringing "drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists."
Heilemann reminded viewers that Kelly also denigrated the black Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in a bizarre dispute over Trump's phone call to a Gold Star widow. These actions, Heilemann said, indicate that Kelly may share Trump's offensive views on race.
Though Kelly has often been cited as one of the "adults in the room" helping to control Trump's worst impulses, Heilemann's comments make it clear that in fact, Kelly shares many of the president's biggest flaws.
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"John Kelly constantly makes these kinds of comments. This is not the first time he's said it ... he is with Trump on immigration .. this is consistent with him and he has done other things that suggest he may also be with Donald Trump on race" - @jheil w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/rEyJN3JYxe— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 11, 2018