This week, Representative Luis Gutierrez went off on a rant about Chief of Staff General (ret) John Kelly – stating that he was a “disgrace to the uniform” and likening him to white supremacists. General Kelly recently assumed the position of Chief of Staff in the White House, and before that, he was the Secretary of Homeland Security.
It seems that Mr. Gutierrez is placing all of his frustration with the Trump administration on General Kelly, who is a decorated General with an exemplary military service record. Gutierrez, who has never worn the uniform, thought it was acceptable to slander General Kelly’s military service over this partisan issue.
For those unfamiliar with the military, you can disagree with your commanding officer, but at the end of the day, they make a decision and you follow it. It is not incongruent with General Kelly’s military service to execute a lawful order from the commander in chief. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
In the future, we hope that any lawmakers refrain from defaming the military service of any veterans in an effort to gain political brownie points. General Kelly is in no way a disgrace to the uniform. We recommend that Representative Gutierrez rescinds his earlier comments and issues an apology to General Kelly.
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