The Democratic representative had criticized the White House Chief of Staff’s military service.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), following his disrespectful comments about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly last week, played the victim in an appearance on CNN on Monday.
Gutierrez said that he could have chosen his words more carefully, but then lambasted Kelly for the Trump administration’s policies.
“I saw him as head of Homeland Security deport grandmothers who had for 15 years been reporting dutifully to Homeland Security with their American citizen grandchildren,” he said, calling Kelly’s actions “heartless.”
“It really hurt. It was really painful,” he then said. “I sat there and I thought, hundreds of DREAMers are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, sacrificing their lives in defense of this nation. Thousands of members of our transgender community, many of whom have given up their lives in defense of our nation – where was he?”
The Democratic representative then implied that Kelly did not stand up for members of the military.
Gutierrez had previously criticized Kelly’s military service in an interview with The Washington Post:
General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the president’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”
Kelly had served for decades in the Marine Corps, and Kelly’s son gave his life for the United States in Afghanistan.
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