In his press conference, White House Chief of Staff Kelly made reference to the dedication ceremony for an FBI building named after slain agents, where he was stunned to see a female Congress member making it all about herself and how she got the funding for it. Turns out he misremembered or something, and at the dedication where Rep. Frederica Wilson spoke, she spoke about how she got the building named, not the funding.
Frankly, it’s a point that I considered so beside the real point that in a long essay about Kelly’s remarks yesterday, I didn’t even mention it. But it illustrates the importance for Republicans of getting every word they say accurate, because they are always held to a far higher standard than anyone on the left. The media, of course, are trying to use that one mistake to discredit everything he said about the loss of respect for the sacredness of condolence calls to grieving military families.
Rep. Wilson and some of her media defenders, even more unconscionably, ignored the point of his comments and tried to smear Kelly as a racist for criticizing her. At the link, you can see two MSNBC commentators claim that Kelly must be racist because he was raised in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Boston (thus pulling the repulsive trick of crying racism by using a racist stereotype of the Irish.) And Wilson claimed that the term “empty barrel” was racist. Other, more professional journalists dug into the history of that term and couldn’t find any racial connotations. It means just what it says: you can always tell an empty barrel because when you tap it, it’s the loudest of all.
In answering that ridiculous charge, the White House Press Secretary (full disclosure: my daughter, in case you’ve been living in a cave since Spring) offered another term: “all hat and no cattle.” But after listening to the way Rep. Wilson and the liberal media clique have studiously ignored Kelly’s point about the sickening politicization of the death of military heroes and the grief of their families for cheap, anti-Trump point-scoring, I’d offer my own variation: “All hate, and too much prattle.”