Former Clinton Spokesman Rips ‘Enabler’ John Kelly: ‘Don’t Be Distracted by the Uniform’

Hillary Clinton looks at a smart phone with national press secretary Brian Fallon / Getty Images
Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign's national press secretary, Brian Fallon / Getty Images
• October 19, 2017 6:04 pm


The national press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign castigated John Kelly on Thursday after the White House chief of staff delivered an impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's call this week to the widow of a slain soldier.

Brian Fallon sent out multiple tweets following Kelly's appearance at the White House press briefing, where he chastised Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) for revealing details of Trump's phone conversation with the widow of a solider killed in Niger and paid tribute to U.S. military members who volunteer to serve their country.

Kelly also made his remarks personal, discussing the trauma he experienced after learning that his son, Second Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

Fallon responded to Kelly's remarks on Twitter, calling the retired four-star Marine Corps general an "enabler of Trump" and "as odious as the rest." He also told Twitter users not to be "distracted by the uniform," appearing to suggest that Kelly should not escape criticism on the issues he discussed because he served in the military.

The former Clinton spokesman also slammed Kelly for serving as Trump's secretary of homeland security before taking on his current role as chief of staff.

Fallon then retweeted an attack on Kelly's tribute to troops who volunteer to protect the United States.

Fallon has not been afraid to share his views on Twitter this month, calling Trump a "racist" for his attacks on the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Last week, when celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain criticized Clinton's delayed response to the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein—who Bourdain's girlfriend has accused of sexual harassment—Fallon told him to "go eat a scorpion or something."