Gen. Kelly: The Sacredness of Gold Star Families ‘Left in the Convention’ Last Summer
Kelly: "It stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me." pic.twitter.com/n3UkHVlDYd
— Axios (@axios) October 19, 2017
During today’s White House press briefing, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly took the podium to address the controversy that has developed over the past few days surrounding President Donald Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the deadly Niger ambush.
After confirming President Barack Obama didn’t call him after his son’s death (though Kelly made it a point to note he wasn’t criticizing Obama), and slamming Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) for politicizing Trump’s call to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, Kelly lamented how nothing appears to be sacred anymore.
“As a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” Kelly stated. “Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases.”
He continued, “Life, the dignity of life was sacred. That’s gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well. Gold star families — I think that left in the convention over the summer.”
That last part definitely seems to be referencing Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last year in which he assailed Trump, leading Trump to engage in a feud with the Gold Star family. So, is Kelly taking a jab at the Khan family for taking part in the convention? Is this a shot at Democrats for putting Khan on the stage of a political convention? Is it something else altogether?
Regardless, it seems pretty certain that Kelly was directing a criticism at Khan’s speech. How so remains up in the air.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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