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John Kelly is a lot more like Donald than we thought | Analysis by ...

John Kelly is a lot more like Donald than we thought | Analysis by ...
John Kelly is a lot more like Donald Trump than we thought | Analysis by ...

Looks, of course, can be deceiving. And, the more Kelly speaks, the more he sounds like .

Kelly said that the Civil War was born of a "lack of an ability to compromise" and praised Confederate general Robert E. Lee as "an honorable man." For context, here's the fuller quote:

"I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which in 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it's different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand."

While a lack of compromise certainly played a role in the Civil War, the major issue was that of slavery -- which Kelly fails to mention in his defense of either Lee or his broader justifications for the war.

Kelly's views on the Civil War reflect equally odd comments made by earlier this year.

In an interview with Washington Examiner reporter Salena Zito in May, asked: "Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"


Misremembering the roots of the Civil War wasn't the only controversial thing Kelly said in his interview with Ingraham on Monday night. Asked about his false claim that Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson gave a grandstanding speech at the dedication of an FBI building in Miami, Kelly responded: "Well, I'll apologize if I need to. But for something like that, absolutely not. I stand by my comments."
("I stand by what I said," . "John Kelly owes the nation an apology because when he lied about me, he lied to the American public.")

That willingness to double down on being wrong is also one of the defining characteristics of . Unlike most politicians who will apologize when proven wrong -- or, at the least, not keep repeating the same falsehoods -- seems to revel in doing just that. From his repeated misstatement that the US is the highest taxed nation in the world to his claims about his inauguration crowd size -- and a hundred other false claims in between -- 's damn-the-facts approach to his public statements are central to the President's image.

It's also worth remembering that Kelly has exhibited another one of 's core traits: Name-calling. In a press conference aimed at quieting the furor caused by 's controversial condolence call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of La David Johnson, a soldier killed in Niger, Kelly made waves by repeatedly referring to Wilson -- the Congresswoman was in the car with Ms. Johnson -- as an "empty barrel." That led to an extended debate as to whether the term was racist.
has turned name-calling into a high political art. Crooked Hillary. Lyin' Ted. Liddle Bob Coker. Low energy Jeb Bush. And, of course, his newest put-down:

We've known from the start of his administration that Kelly is 's favorite Cabinet member -- first as director of the Department of Homeland Security and now as chief of staff. The assumption was that 's admiration for Kelly was driven by the latter's military accomplishments. ( regularly refers to the military men who work for him as "my generals.")

But, increasingly, it seems as though is drawn to Kelly for another reason: Because they see the world similarly. likes people who affirm his views and who are willing to battle political correctness and

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