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John Kelly Says Trump’s A “Laughingstock,” Supports Using 25th Amendment To Oust Former Boss

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, calling Donald Trump a “laughingstock now,” says he is in favor of the 25th amendment being used to force his former boss out of the Oval Office.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” Thursday afternoon if he would be in support of invoking the amendment if he had a vote, Kelly said, “Yes, I would.”

“I think that the Cabinet should meet and have a discussion. I don’t think that it’ll happen, but I think the Cabinet should meet and discuss this because the behavior yesterday and in the weeks and months before that has just been outrageous from the President,” he added. “What happened on Capitol Hill yesterday is a direct result of his poisoning the minds of people with the lies and the frauds.”

Kelly left the White House in 2019 as his relationship with Trump soured. Following his departure the president trashed the former Marine Corps general on Twitter and Kelly has been occasionally critical of Trump. He offered this assessment as Trump’s term comes to an end.

“He’s lost an election. He’s a laughingstock now and he’s striking out. But … someone needs to help manage him and I don’t think those people took up the task when I left. It was hard enough when I was there. As I used to say to the president, ‘you can fire me – I’ll be a hero. I can quit – I’ll be a hero. But you need to listen to me, sir. And you need to listen to listen to the Cabinet and the experts we bring in here and make the best decisions for our country.”

Kelly also had this take on what it’s like to work for Trump. “When you first meet or start working with him, in my case at least, no idea at the flaws,” he said. “When you start working for him, you begin to understand how flawed he is. Then it’s a matter of staying in the job as long you can stand it trying to prevent some disaster.”

Since yesterday’s rioting Trump is reportedly raging inside the White House about perceived betrayals. One administration official told The Washington Post that Trump’s behavior Wednesday is that of “a total monster,” while another said the situation was “insane” and “beyond the pale.”



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