John Kelly is the currently serving chief of staff for the Trump Administration. He took over shortly after Reince Priebus gave the President his resignation. Priebus was allegedly forced out by Anthony Scaramucci, who led a raucous several day tenure as communications director for the White House… before he himself was removed by Trump after his own scandal.
John Kelly has completely changed the protocols for communication with the President of the United States. He has brought what the media calls “order” to the White House, in contrast to the previous “chaotic” free-flowing of information within the seat of government.
John Kelly has been said to have defended McMasters, Tillerson, Mattis, and other alleged anti-MAGA agenda people within the administration from Trump and others like Bannon and his allies, even from Trump himself. This was supposedly evidenced by the Trump Presidency taking a very strong turn towards the establishment as Bannon and his allies lost influence and were isolated from President Trump.
Kelly and the GOPe friendly cabal, which includes Ivanka and Jared Kushner (who are friendly with Dina Powell… a known associate of Valerie Jarrett and others), have managed to squash the MAGA agenda and the Presidency of Donald J. Trump is now what we would have had if Jeb Bush had won the White House.
Or is it?
I have said before that I do not believe that President Trump is a “kept” President, under house arrest, and that he himself has the final say in the decisions that are being made inside the White House. All the palace politics that have been broadcast by the various news organizations have been largely a lie or an exaggeration of the real situation going on within the White House.
What has been happening is John Kelly is acting as the “friendly” voice for the establishment of Washington D.C. for the President. Whenever he tried to control or direct the President, it has been brushed back. He doesn’t control the websites he reads, he doesn’t control what he says at social gatherings like rallies and functions, nor does he control what the President signs into law or what he says on Twitter.
I believe that the President honestly wanted to work in good faith with the Congress and the establishment in Washington D.C. He has been repeatedly slapped down by this establishment, passing humiliation resolutions like the Russian sanctions bill or the Charlottesville resolution condemning Trump supporters and those who value our history (in addition to the 3,000 white supremacists and Nazis who actually exist in this country).
They’ve humiliated him on the healthcare bills, the Wall, and likely soon on tax reform as well. They got him to endorse and campaign for the seriously damaged and corrupt Senator Luther Strange.
The President had to twist himself into knots in order to spin his record as something other than a Mitch McConnell backed sycophant. He even held one of his famed rallies in order to shore up support for the Senator, which ended up not only doing nothing to save the floundering buffoon, but it also revealed how much Trump himself had fallen from his triumphant Presidential campaign.
It was like the man had given up. Here was the man who told America that all we needed was to get him into office so that we can have better deals made for the country. Here was a man who clearly knew what the main problems facing the country were and ran unwavering against those who wanted them to continue for nearly two years. A man who roared into office after winning it all against the corrupt, globalist cabal and traitors within the conservative alliance and republican party that backed Hillary Clinton unflinchingly.
The man who showed up for the Senator Strange rally was not the Trump that everyone endorsed and fought for. That was not the same man who came down the escalator back at Trump Tower to announce he was running for the Presidency to stop countries like Mexico from sending us their killers, drug dealers, rapists, and others and to restore sanity to Washington by returning the country to America First principles.
It had gotten so bad that Trump’s #1 fangirl on Twitter, Bill Mitchell, decided that the tens of thousands of people who were angry with Trump because of his immigration decisions, who voted for him in the primary and presidential election against Hillary Clinton… were all just a bunch of fake Soros paid trolls:
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) September 16, 2017
Then suddenly, after months of drifting ever leftward, after essentially saying he wants to keep the DACA “kids” here, after saying the Wall will be a see through partial fence, etc., Trump got a very big slap in the face by the voters of Alabama. There was no way for him to spin this loss, he even actually deleted several tweets that he made in support of Luther Strange and against Roy Moore.
This set in motion a series of events that seems to have snapped President Trump back to the reality of his situation and Trump remembered:
The voters support his agenda, even when he himself purportedly does not. If he doesn’t want to run on his MAGA agenda any longer, the voters will choose someone else.
Trump rightfully is assigning blame to where it is due this time. Trump blames Jared Kushner, who has wielded increasing influence in the White House as Steve Bannon’s waned, for his humiliation in Alabama:
According to CNN, the president was terribly angry and embarrassed with the disastrous decision to endorse Strange’s doomed candidacy.
“Two sources who work closely with the young real estate tycoon, Kushner suggested the endorsement, in part, because he believed that a Strange victory would enrage Steve Bannon,” The Huffington Post’s Vicky Ward claims.
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon was formerly the White House chief strategist, but he was the loser in a recent power struggle with Kushner. Apparently that power struggle continued outside of the White House.
“All Jared thinks about is beating Bannon,” a friend of Bannon’s told The Huffington Post. “It consumed him before Bannon left the White House, and it consumes him now.”
The President of the United States normally does not get involved in Republican Party primaries; but reportedly, at the urging of Kushner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn made the risky decision to interfere in his own party’s primary.
Almost every single debacle the President has got involved with has been at the behest of these DC establishment insiders who are not friendly to the President or his MAGA agenda.
Trump seems to have finally begun to understand. He all but announced his plan to roll back the Obama era Iran Deal and he just in the last week rolled back the contraception mandate. All against the wishes of the more liberal Republican advisers of his.
Trump also has decided to start “working” with the Democrats in order to shut out the GOP leadership, because as everyone knows, the real power in Washington DC is not with the Republicans… it is with the 8 Democrats who control the entire political process. Since Mitch McConnell will not remove the filibuster to stop this situation, Trump seems resolved to deal with the eight or more Democrats in order to get his agenda passed.
It is getting so tense in the Republican leadership that Paul Ryan’s friends in the House of Representatives are sniping at the Senate leadership for doing almost absolutely nothing to further the agenda of the President. They are seeing their record donations of January through March dry completely up:
Republicans say the fund-raising drop-off has been steep and across the board, from big donations to the small ones the party solicits online from the grass roots. They say the hostile views of both large and small donors are in unusual alignment and that the negative sentiment is crystallized in the fund-raising decline.
One party official noted that Senate Republicans had a lucrative March, raising $7 million — an off-year record for the organization. But in the aftermath of the failed health repeal effort before the August recess and other setbacks, the take dropped to $2 million in July and August — a poor showing for a majority party with a decided advantage on the midterm map.
The totals have left Republicans increasingly worried about having the funds they need next year. Mr. Gardner told his colleagues that a major Colorado contributor who played a role in his own campaign says party donors are reluctant to give any more money until congressional Republicans demonstrate results.
Republican liberals are being removed right and left, by volunteering or by resigning by force, to be replaced with even more conservative espousing members in the soon to be decided primaries.
Senator Bob Corker, who was also one of the men who wanted the President to back Luther Strange forcefully, has already resigned after President Trump told him to take a hike after he asked him for his endorsement to run again. This was presumably after the disaster in Alabama:
Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said "NO THANKS." He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
Of course Corker attacks back and calls the White House an “adult day care center.” Bad move Mr. Corker, not following the previous Trump Twitter fights means you will lose big time here and play right into the hands of a guy wanting to take every one of your friends out.
Axios says that this set of tweets likely “cost” him tax reform in the Senate. To which Trump can reply: “So what? It is not like it was going to pass before, with all Democrats in opposition, and Mitch doesn’t want to remove the filibuster to actually pass something!”
So here we stand yet again with a do nothing, petty Senate threatening to NOT PASS SOMETHING THEY HAD NO INTENTION OF PASSING ANYWAY.
Trump is going to have to get a new crop in the Senate to gain traction on his agenda. Fortunately, this is likely to happen as Senator Susan Collins may be resigning this week with Orrin Hatch and Thad Cochran rumored to be also looking for a way out of the Senate.
This isn’t even counting the Senators Dan Heller, Jeff Flake, and Roger Wicker, who are likely going to be replaced by primary challengers in their respective states by more right wing politicians. And of course, John McCain will be dead within the next few months to a year from his brain cancer.
Noticing a pattern here?
The Republicans who are behind the scenes or publicly stabbing America in the back are all being replaced.
Another big tell: the Trump administration signaling to the donors that they are going to war with the legislature. The vice president’s chief of staff told the donors to fund candidates to destroy these legislators and to withhold funding from the GOP until they start to see some action from them in support of the President’s agenda:
“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him.”
“I’m not speaking on behalf of the president or vice president when I say this,” Ayers responded. “But if I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things. We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding super PACs to defeat all of you.”
“Because, look, if we’re going to be in the minority again, we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to the minority who helped us become a minority.”
This was said behind the scenes to the mega donors of the Republican party. Want to know how they responded to this call to raise the black flag and start slitting throats?
The crowd laughed and burst into applause.
Trump has had it with the GOP leadership and their supporters. He is initiating a behind the scenes bloody coup of the party and will likely move into open warfare with them soon if they continue their intransigence against him.
In likely the same vein of attack, Kelly has been under sustained assault over the last few days. He was also pulled from Air Force One on Wednesday last week and the administration has been very tight lipped about the whole situation. Then, on Thursday, it was revealed through a leak, in an administration that has seen leaks drop off a cliff after head leaker Reince Priebus left, that John Kelly has been using a hacked phone for months.
This attack on John Kelly is the same thing that happened to Reince Priebus when he angered Trump. Now is Kelly going to be sent packing? Probably not yet, Trump did say he expects him to stick around. But it does point to a greatly weakening influence of the establishment wing on Trump’s decision process.
Another tell: just in the last few days, there were rumors that the President was going to release his demands for an immigration bill to Congress. Well they have been released… and it is dozens upon dozens of poison pills that would, if any one them passed, cause the Democrat base to rise up and slit the throats of their members.
Even the liberal GOP membership, like Senator John Cornyn of Texas, is irritated at the prospect of the President asking for anything more than total amnesty for the DACA illegal aliens.
The principles as written will kill any DACA legislation, which is in direct conflict with most of the current staff in the White House under Trump. Except for one very notable exception: Stephen Miller. These points look like they were directly downloaded to the page from his brain.
From this vantage point, it looks like the pendulum is nearing full speed swinging back towards the MAGA agenda and away from appeasing the swamp creatures. Maybe Trump is expecting fire and fury against more than just North Korea and Iran. Maybe he’s also signaling that he’s going to be bringing it against the entire DC establishment.
You know who this helps?