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Caught in the “swamplight”

By Lizzy Stocks

Unfortunately for President Trump, the public is catching on to his administration’s egregious agenda as the press consistently sheds light on the lies and liars that inhabit his swamp.

In this week’s swamp-light is none other than John F. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, former Marine general and Gold Star father.

On Oct. 4, four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. About a week later, Trump sent his condolences to the families of the fallen servicemen through phone calls.

What the president did not know, was that U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, Democrat from Florida, and good friend of fallen Sgt. La David Johnson’s family, overheard Trump’s apathetic phone call as he told a Gold Star widow her husband “knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens, it hurts anyways.”

Wilson took to social media and news outlets to expose Trump’s lack of compassion for Gold Star families, highlighting his hypocrisy as he continuously condemns the NFL and those who do not stand during the national anthem – alleged attempts to disrespect the military.

And let’s not forget the disrespect Trump displayed last year when he berated the Khans, parents of a slain Muslim soldier, for denouncing his campaign at the Democratic National Convention.

“What does John Kelly have to do with all of this?” you may ask.

Well, Kelly chastised Wilson last Thursday during a White House Press Conference in Trump’s defense regarding her comments pertaining to the president’s lack of compassion during his phone call with Myeshia Johnson.

During the conference, Kelly lied about a speech Wilson gave two years ago at the opening of an FBI building named after two agents slain during the line of duty. Kelly claims that he and others were “stunned” as Wilson disregarded the fallen agents and boasted about her contributions in receiving “funding for that building.”

Days after the conference, tapes from the event revealed that Wilson in fact did not make any

comments regarding her contributions to funds, and she even applauded the fallen agents as well as the men and women of law enforcement.

In attempts to discredit Congresswoman Wilson and defend President Trump, Kelly willingly lied during a White House Press Conference. Once again, Americans watch in awe as Trump’s staff smear their names and credibility all for the sake of protecting the president’s false reality.

For many, Kelly was a respectable man – the voice of reason in an administration plagued by alternative facts. Now he’s just another liar, complacent with pushing “fake news.”

“Fake news” and “alternative facts” – infamous phrases coined by the Trump administration to downplay significant occurrences covered by the press in attempts to distract and confuse the public by offering false information, blurring reality.

It’s time to really drain the swamp, America. Don’t be fooled by the administration actually responsible for spreading “fake news.”


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