FLORIDA: Black Caucus Demands Apology From “Empty Suit” John Kelly Over His Lies About Dem House Rep

Politico reports:

Florida’s legislative black caucus on Tuesday bashed White House chief of staff John Kelly as “an empty suit” and called on him to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson for falsely accusing her amid a controversy concerning the death of an Army soldier who was a constituent of hers.

The group’s news conference marked the seventh straight day that the dust-up snagged headlines after President Donald Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson and fumbled his condolence message to her as she, family members and Wilson were driving to retrieve his body from Miami International Airport. He was killed in an Oct. 4 ambush with three other soldiers in Niger.

Kelly “flat out lied when he said she boasted that she was instrumental in securing federal funding” for the building, said state Sen. Perry Thurston, the caucus chairman, who served with Wilson when she was in the state Legislature before her 2010 election to Congress. Kelly has refused to set the record straight or apologize for wrongly characterizing the substance of Wilson’s comments at the ceremony, which were captured on video.

The US House approved funding for the FBI’s Miami headquarters a year before Wilson was first elected.

  • Rex

    Good luck with that.

  • Sam_Handwitch

    boo!

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Tawreos

    There is no way he could apologize and keep his job, since he said those things to defend Trump.

  • Lazycrockett

    Racist seldom apologize, even ones that wear stars.

  • alc2018

    that John with that sexy receding gray on gray do, wonder what he thinks of my turtleneck onesie, I’ve had it on since the 60s

  • PickyPony

    OT: Time for some lovely seasonal-type music.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-k_loiBYI8

    • pj

      love a good waltz….

      • PickyPony

        All the movements are enchanting!

    • Smokey
      • Lars Littlefield

        If you go down in the woods today
        You’re sure of a big surprise
        If you go down in the woods today
        You’d better go in disguise!

        • Joe in PA

          I’m not going to say a word Lars, not a word, not me. Uh uh.

          🙂

          • bzrd

            “spiced” up bunny suit

          • Joe in PA

            BTW, Lars and I have history…him calling my a cretin for not recognizing some snotty-assed english poetry or some shit.

            🙂 (I mean that in a nice way) 🙂

      • David Walker

        From many, many lifetimes ago (first song applies, others out of curiosity)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvkgOzmbq4U

        • Lars Littlefield

          Absolute genius!!!!!

        • Robincho

          Is that Tatiana Troyanos I detect on soprano?…

          • David Walker

            Maybe, but you may be confusing her with Dame Hellena Sparatacos. They do sound a lot alike…just, you know, horses of a different color (or colour, in the case Dame Hellena).

          • Robincho

            I’m not gonna lie. I prefer Dame Margaret Lowin-Octeyn from the Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo…

          • David Walker

            Couldn’t find Dame Margaret, but I found this particularly instructive. Ida lights an all-consuming flame in my heart. But how in the hell did the wardrobe designer figure out what feathers molt when? And how much time must it take to re-feather that tutu?
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQcMFLpmv7s&t=65s

          • Robincho

            That Ida, she’s tutu much …

    • another_steve

      Who reading here is old enough to remember the 1950s game show, “Masquerade Party”?

      And its theme music from “The Comedians” – an orchestral composition by Dmitri Kabalevsky.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGYdeXRCD1c

      • Smokey

        I don’t remember the show (I was but a little cub) but I did see the home board game version at an auction a few years ago. Was tempted to bid on it.

        • another_steve

          I was but a queerling too, but the show had tremendous appeal to us little fairies.

          The premise was celebrities in heavy makeup and costuming who were subjected to questioning by an all-star panel with the goal of the panel guessing who the disguised celebrities really were. (The latter disguised their voices as well.)

          Great fun.

      • Smokey
    • greenmanTN

      We need an open Halloween thread…

      https://youtu.be/INmViA3Nf9k

    • Lars Littlefield

      Ya like waltzes do ya? This one has been a favorite of mine since I heard the Utah Symphony play it in 1963. I’m rather smitten by the dual alto saxophones carrying the melody. Then Shostakovich has a pair of trombones carry it away. All very melancholy yet happy. 🙂
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCnQDUSO4I

      • PickyPony

        Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Siempre contento de estar a tu servicio. 😉

          (My romantic hobby is forcing me to learn Spanish. He insists I’ve got away saying “Penis noches” for far too long.)

  • Sam_Handwitch
    • Bryan

      I bet he only loves white rice.

      • Mark McGovern

        Ha!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Ignoramus thinks it’s healthy.

    • kelven
    • GayOldLady

      What? No Big Mac’s and fries? The appetite is the first thing to go when you are frightened.

      • Adam King

        That was his mid-morning snack, along with a big piece of chocolate cake and two scoops of ice cream.

    • safari

      Proud parents say

    • Snarkaholic

      That’s right…load up on refined, non-nutritious carbs (and, hopefully, LARD in the pie crust)!

      • Mark McGovern

        Next thing you know he’ll be travelling up here to Canada for his bypass.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        When will the elitists at the Kennedy Center honor Warrant?

    • safari
      • I’d say the bar is too goddamned low now…except I know the GOPers have dispensed with the bar entirely and dug a trench for Donald to stand in.

        • David Walker

          Wow. Just saw this a half hour ago, wherein Andy Borowitz describes republicans (Lincoln to Palin to Trump…no wonder they don’t believe in evolution) and how he thinks Palin took the bar off the limbo bar holder and put it on the ground, and how 45 oozed under it.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqi0n-c8L78

          • -M-

            Watch. Share. Upvote on YouTube.

    • John30013

      All those carbs would help explain his fat ass, for sure.

  • Leo

    Never gonna happen nor will we see him again for a public press conference.

    Mark my words.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Kelly joins ranks with another Marine liar, Oliver North.

    • Tawreos

      But Ollie lied to protect St. Reagan not the current POS.

  • justmeeeee

    Let’s take a guess that by calling him an “empty suit” the CBC is more interested in posturing than in actually getting an apology. Grifters, one and all.

    • Adam King

      He called her an “empty barrel.” It’s a perfectly appropriate dig back at him.

      • justmeeeee

        Point missed!

    • WKT20

      Empty barrel —> empty suit —> empty apology. Two can play that game. He deserves to be called on his shit.

      • justmeeeee

        Ah, so it is a game. Now I see. Silly me.

        • WKT20

          Wasnt it a dick measuring contest the minute your orange buffoon opened his anus shaped mouth to comment on how he did what other presidents were not brave enough to do by calling dead military families? Silly, petty you indeed.

          • justmeeeee

            blow me, bitch

    • Osowoofy

      Well bless your heart.

      • justmeeeee

        Oh dear, you seem to not be able to understand my comment…

    • MBear

      LOL

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Who wants an apology from that shitbag? He should apologize to a photo of himself as a fresh young cadet.

  • Adam King

    “Dear contemptuous racist fuck– Please apologize for being a contemptuous racist fuck.” Signed, People for whom you have shown nothing but racist contempt.

    • Todd20036

      Would this be a good time, or a bad time to talk about some of my more contemptuous racist fucks?
      Although in my case(s), the “victim”(s) was consenting fully.

  • another_steve

    Not sure whether this helps or hurts.

    It’s good to keep the story in the news to rile up people of good will who may not have been paying close attention up to now. On the other hand, this only strengthens Trump’s message to his base.

    Every day that Trump and his cronies attack a person of color is a good day for him and his administration.

  • alc2018

    hey guys and gals while we’re talking about boring white guys in the military did you know Zulilly has a sale?? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2eec4c7f920e8a179077759086da15c2ac57d73726f3c3fa3e7bcc8e15dd8087.jpg yep, you’re welcome get your inner drag on!

  • fuzzybits

    Ain’t gonna happen.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Tatonka

      PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Lawrence O. pointed out that invoking Obama was most probably a racist dog-whistle. I heard that shit when it went out live. (And I think Eugene Robinson did, too.) BHO is on his way to becoming a self-defined punchline. You don’t even need a keyword like “blow job”, or “Chappaquiddick”. You just have to say “Hillary” or “Obama”, and the right kind of people “get it”.

    The speech was full of it:

    loud (pushy) black woman
    gittin’ that gubmint money for a pet project

    I know it shouldn’t be news, but it really really doesn’t have to be even vaguely true anymore.

  • safari

    O/T: Sarah howls at 3:30

    • The_Wretched

      setting alarum for 4:15

    • Tawreos

      I didn’t know the scientific term for mooing was howling. Learn something new every day.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Howls? more like mewls insipidly until a fur ball pops out.

    • Sorry, I have a Wild Rumpus scheduled for that time slot.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      “So what if it’s damaging the nation, as long as we get richer, who cares”

  • safari
    • Well now, ain’t that a thing. Trouble is, it’ll only encourage the GOPers to nominate ever more loony fascist authoritarians like Moore.

      • safari

        I’m hoping this means he’ll be able to tell it like it is and roast both the turtle and donjohn

      • Lazycrockett

        NPR OneA was talking bout this yesterday and saying that If Flake lost the primary to a more conservative candidate the DEMS would easily pick up the senate seat.

        • I have my doubts about any “easy pick up” for the Dems given the subversion of America’s elections systems by propagandizing Russians and voter suppressing Republicans.

      • JCF

        So….Dems TAKE THE SEAT!!!!

        dscc.org

  • geoffalnutt

    Never happen. He’s working for Trump now. You can check in, but you can never leave. He’s done…forever.

  • safari

    Donald can’t apologize. And if Kelly does, Donald will see that as a weakness on Kelly’s part.

    • Exactly that. One thing I’m noticing more is conservative voices out there beginning to admit that Donald and everyone nearest to him is going to keep behaving despicably—and getting worse—and that it’s bad for the Republican party and for the country.

      And further that the GOP is complicit because they could do something about all this, but remain too craven and cowardly to do so.

      • KarenAtFOH

        I want that trump ball and chain wrapped so tightly around the GOP so they will all sink like a rock and be buried in the bottom of the swamp ooze forever.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • CB

      That opens the door to that crazy lady.

      • gaycuckhubby

        So two new Senators from AZ

      • j.martindale

        Yeah, more right wing nut jobs.

    • TampaDink

      How many minutes or hours until hair furor goes full Corker on Flake? “He dropped out of the race because I refused to endorse him…”

    • gaycuckhubby

      Wondering if Murkowski and Collins might switch parties soon and start caucusing with the Dems

    • David Walker

      Unfortunately, my republican representative feels the same. He has a feeling he’d be primaried out (he has been known to support Democratic ideas and was one of the few republicans who voted against the alleged healthcare reform) and would no longer be able to pass the purity test. And, I suspect, he’s sick and tired of having to be a republican. This could open the seat to a Democrat, but I truly doubt that.

  • Blake J Butler
    • pj

      hello from tucson. flake bails!!! and its good that he did because he didnt have a snowballs chance in an arizona summer of winning. now lets see who bannon pushes into the race. should be a bloodbath in the primary. good times. also we know chump wont be back to stump for whoever because he couldnt fill a meeting room at the phoenix convention center the last time he was here. weak. Ha.

  • 2patricius2

    He sold out to Trump a long time ago. He threw his lot in with the man who speaks ill of everyone but Putin. When this chapter of history is written, Kelly’s role will be that of a four star US general who sold himself for a mess of Russian gruel.

  • Lazycrockett

    So Flake, Corker and McCain all vote No on the tax plan…………………………

    • safari

      DACA never gets re-implemented and we have a debt showdown.

      • Lazycrockett

        If the tax cut for the 1% doesn’t get through the stock market will go bonkers and not in the good way.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Somehow I don’t want to hear this punch line.

    • We’ll see. McCain only defied his party over the latest ACA repeal, and Corker and Flake have never diverged from McConnell’s demands.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Yep. Then none of them run for reelection and more extreme candidates take their place and pass every bill Trump advances

  • For at least a couple of decades now the black caucus has been the only Democrats in Congress worth a damn.

    • andrew

      Nonsense. Most of the Democrats in Congress, like the members of the Black Caucus, have been and are working hard for Americans. Your post is factually incorrect and divisive. Stop doing the Republicans job for them.

  • Publius

    Recommended reading: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/23/an-old-colonel-looks-at-general-kelly/?utm_content=buffer79348&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    “So you want to be a career soldier? Good for you. But remember that the longer you stay in uniform, the less you will really understand about the country you protect. Democracy is the antithesis of the military life; it’s chaotic, dishonest, disorganized, and at the same time glorious, exhilarating and free — which you are not. After a while, if you stay in, you’ll be tempted to say, “Look, you civilians, we’ve got a better way. We’re better organized. We’re patriotic, and we know what it is to sacrifice. Be like us.” And you’ll be dead wrong, son. If you’re a career soldier, you may defend democracy, but you won’t understand it or be part of it. What’s more, you’ll always be a stranger to your own society. That’s the sacrifice you’ll be making.”

    • edrex

      i haven’t read the article, but that quote is really thought provoking.

  • Lawerence Collins
  • Richard

    People were whispering…he’s one of the adults, then he gave a speech, and his true colors emerged, just another liar, denigrating a United States Congresswoman, by telling lies. He should resign and try to salvage what little honor he has left.

    • Gianni

      He really made them fools when he spoke at that press conference. He’s hardly one of the adults. Seems like Trump rubbed off on him instead or the other way around.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    If you’re in a hole, General (ret.) Kelly, stop digging!

  • andrew

    John Kelly, like everybody who comes in close contact with Trump, has become malignant.

    • kareemachan

      Evidently, it’s something that can’t be ignored. I was taken in with the rest of Murikkka, but have the ability to learn elsewise.

  • Robincho

    In some way, it’s almost good that Kelly’s son isn’t around to have to countenance this pathetic excuse of a father…