During Tuesday afternoon’s version of CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin interviewed Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who lately printed a column titled “What the Hell Happened to John Kelly?” In the column, Cullen defined that he initially supported the appointment of General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff, making him the odd man out amongst his fellow columnists, however misplaced so much of respect for him in consequence of his tenure as Chief of Staff.
Cullen appeared to argue that Kelly’s affiliation with President Trump tarnished his repute, saying “a lot of what made John Kelly a very good military man does not work in the political arena, particularly when you align yourself with somebody like Mr. Trump, who is not presidential.”
Cullen’s CNN look was gentle in contrast to his Boston Globe column. In the column, he referred to the President as “a mean-spirited ingrate” who “degrades the integrity of the office of the Presidency with every tweet, with every embrace of racists and racist thought, with every slight and insult of allies, with every defense of men who abuse women.” While these feedback may appear excessive, it’s par for the course in the extremely-liberal Massachusetts.
Cullen went on to add “Trump’s obsession with degrading and dismissing a free press, and openly fantasizing about shutting down media outlets he doesn’t like, puts him in the category of tinpot dictators.” Maybe Cullen forgot that President Obama repeatedly criticized Fox News throughout his tenure. Does that make him a “crazy tinpot dictator?”
Cullen additionally criticized Kelly’s feedback suggesting the group of unlawful immigrants referred to as “dreamers” have been “too lazy to get off their asses” and apply for cover beneath President Obama’s Executive Action referred to as DACA. Cullen resorted to the race card, saying “Last week, Kelly sounded like any number of vaguely racist callers to any number of radio talk shows, dismissing immigrants as lazy. Kelly is the chief of staff, not Rush Limbaugh.”
While it definitely appears to be like like Cullen faces no hazard of shedding his job at The Boston Globe anytime quickly, if all else fails, his hatred for President Trump has enhanced his for a brand new job: CNN contributor.
To see the related transcript from February 13’s CNN Newsroom, click on “expand.”
BROOKE BALDWIN: Sure. I imply, I’ve acquired you for 2 extra minutes and, you already know, right here, you pose this large query and, and also you wrote towards the finish, all of us develop up terrified of turning into our mother and father. What has occurred to John Kelly is way worse. He has change into his boss. What occurred?
KEVIN CULLEN: No query. I imply, I believe, what I used to be driving at Brooke, is that so much of what made John Kelly an excellent army man doesn’t work in the political enviornment, significantly once you align your self with someone like Mr. Trump, who just isn’t presidential and the concept that he’ll one way or the other be presidential and the concept that Mr. Kelly, as his Chief of Staff, can whip him into form, I simply don’t assume it’s the similar factor. I believe as soon as he entered this, this political enviornment and hitched his trailer to Mr. Trump, I believe it was inevitable that Mr. Kelly would find yourself the place he’s. The ethical firm that guided, the ethical compass that guided John Kelly the army man has given method to the situational expediency of a political man. And I discover that tragic.