Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here'

Source: The Hill | January 13, 2021 | Morgan Gstalter

President Trump’s former chief of staff, John Kelly, said that his former boss can’t admit to making mistakes because “his manhood is at issue here.”

Kelly made the dig during a conversation with Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s short-term White House communications director, on Tuesday, the Des Moines Register reported.

Kelly said Trump needs to appeal to Americans for peace after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol last week as lawmakers met to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The House is expected to impeach Trump, who spoke to his supporters before the siege, on Wednesday over his role in the rioting.

“I don’t care what the issue is, that you have an absolute right to protest, an absolute right to say what you want, but you have no right to break things, to destroy things,” Kelly said. “You have absolutely no right to do violence.”

Scaramucci asked Kelly why the president “was having a hard time doing that.”

“The man does not ever, ever, ever want to appear weak … or that he might have been wrong,” Kelly responded.

Kelly added that “great leaders, good leaders” have to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

“He doesn’t have the ability to do that. His manhood is at issue here,” he said of the president.


In the wake of the riot, Kelly has also said that America should “look infinitely harder” at who is elected to office.  

“We need to look infinitely harder at who we elect to any office in our land. At the office seeker’s character, at their morals, at their ethical record, their integrity, their honesty, their flaws, what they have said about women and minorities, why they are asking office in the first place, and only then consider the policies they espouse,” Kelly said in statement.

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