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John Kelly’s Comments on Immigration Top This Week’s Internet News

John Kelly’s Comments on Immigration Top This Week’s Internet News

What even happened this past week? Sure, there was that brief, glorious moment when people cared about whether a sound clip said one word or the other. And yes, of course, who wasn’t fascinated by the news that President Trump and Sean Hannity talk on the phone most nights before bed? Then, midweek, everything just exploded: the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that said, basically, sure, Russia wanted to help the president get elected, and in the process revealed new information about Don Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting. But, don’t worry; apparently the president can’t be indicted because he’s the president. At the same time all of this was going on, a newly released financial disclosure form from Trump confirmed that he did actually reimburse Michael Cohen for the whole Stormy Daniels thing. (There’s a lot more Michael Cohen below. So, so much more.) Meanwhile, North Korea threatened to pull out of a meeting with the US next month, and the Senate voted to save net neutrality and confirmed Gina Haspel as the next CIA director. No, really. It was a week. Let’s relive it together, shall we?

Trump Changes His China Tune

What Happened: Just when you thought you could count on Donald Trump to at least be consistent on that whole “Make America Great Again” thing, last week he appeared to switch national allegiances…

What Really Happened: The week began with an unexpected tweet from the President of the United States. Sure, most of his tweets are unexpected to some degree, but … remember “America First”? Remember the guy who repeatedly complained that China was stealing American jobs? Who would’ve expected him to send this tweet?

As people got confused as to what was actually happening, the president continued his campaign.

Let’s just say that many people were suspicious about what was behind this apparent desire to, out of nowhere, help another country’s economy.

https://twitter.com/W7VOA/status/995682584389718016

https://twitter.com/AllThingsNatSec/status/995688823622283264

https://twitter.com/MaxKennerly/status/995683945869082625

https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/995688619993174019

https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/996380500553031682

But then things started to come into better focus.

https://twitter.com/DrDenaGrayson/status/996447373961453568

Yes, there was a potential bribe right in the middle of the story. Still, at least Republicans said they were going to look into the matter.

https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/996158339091521536

Wait. Never mind.

https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/996454842846588928

The Takeaway: It’s things like this that might give you pause about a belief in government.

https://twitter.com/catvalente/status/996471057530916864

The US Opens Its Embassy in Jerusalem

What Happened: Meanwhile, the opening of the United States’ embassy in Israel was complicated by what was going on in the immediate area.

What Really Happened: Last December, President Trump announced that the US embassy in Israel would be moving to Jerusalem. Last week, the new embassy was ready to be opened by some high-ranking government officials.

https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/995452265384333312

Oh, no, wait; we meant, relatives to the president, which it turns out isn’t the same thing at all.

https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/996022882382819330

Still, at least Trump appeared via video conference. Which is … a thing now?

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/996019672339439617

While all the pomp and circumstance was happening at the embassy, however, expected protests at the Gaza border got underway. What wasn’t as expected was the Israeli response to said protests.

https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/996040018803085312

https://twitter.com/Mark_Coughlan/status/995982718117732352

https://twitter.com/AP/status/996055770058969088

https://twitter.com/LovedayM/status/996117868067590146

https://twitter.com/starsky_ross/status/996152457062477828

Dozens were killed, and condemnation from international humanitarian organizations was swift.

https://twitter.com/UNHumanRights/status/996044858048557058

https://twitter.com/amnesty/status/996013600509657088

The same couldn’t be said of the response from the US administration.

https://twitter.com/joedyke/status/996110285147697155

The Takeaway: Whoever is in charge of trying to control the president’s social media these days, they maybe should’ve tried to avoid letting him tweet this after news broke about the deaths in Gaza.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/996021417622851584

Don’t Speak, John Kelly, We Know Just What You’re Saying

What Happened: White House chief of staff John Kelly upset a lot of people with his comments about immigrants.

What Really Happened: In an unequivocal interview, John Kelly told NPR immigrants were “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from—fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English, obviously that’s a big thing. They don’t speak English. They don’t integrate well, they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.” That’s not all, either; speaking about the potential separation of children from their families by immigration officials, Kelly said, “the children will be taken care of—put into foster care or whatever.”

The “or whatever” part became worryingly clear when, days later, it was reported that the administration was preparing to hold immigrant children on military bases. If the outcry that followed inflamed the already contentious debate about immigration, the president managed to pour another helping of gasoline on the fire a day later. Asked about deporting immigrants—and, particularly, gang members—President Trump didn’t hold back.

https://twitter.com/cspan/status/996845374819192833

Yes, that really happened; the President of the United States said that illegal immigrants “aren’t people,” but are instead animals. So much for the country of The New Colossus. What the president said was chilling, and, well, everyone noticed (because of course they did).

https://twitter.com/attackerman/status/996843954938241024

https://twitter.com/JamesMartinSJ/status/996867502343901185

https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/996851285033914368

https://twitter.com/Greeblehaus/status/996851075889020928

https://twitter.com/Mikel_Jollett/status/996880697267638272

https://twitter.com/KaivanShroff/status/996868588920328192

https://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/996884461596835840

https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/997219338351411201

As folks consider immigration and the danger it apparently poses to the country, this is something worth remembering, of course.

https://twitter.com/UpshotNYT/status/996866140197609473

Even as people were getting upset, others were already preparing for the next stage of the story.

https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/996872273775681536

Don’t worry; it arrived the day after.

https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi/status/997170219096387584

https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/997171062340308992

The Takeaway: Well, maybe he meant it … as a compliment? (He didn’t, of course.)

https://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/996852390656729089

More Michael Cohen News

What Happened: It wasn’t just the President of the United States who was making waves this week, though; his personal attorney was keeping people pretty busy as well.

What Really Happened: Maybe we’ve given you enough of President Trump and what mischief he caused last week. Why don’t we talk about what his lawyer has been up to? Michael Cohen had a pretty bad week, too. Actually, he had a really crappy Wednesday. How crappy?

https://twitter.com/RonanFarrow/status/996877897100128256

Yeah, that crappy. Ronan Farrow’s story in The New Yorker revealed that the leak of Cohen’s financial records was just the tip of the iceberg.

https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/996880116629360643

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/996888551982862336

https://twitter.com/shaneharris/status/996891247792058368

https://twitter.com/jonathanchait/status/996892251488997376

But wait! That wasn’t the only story. There was also Cohen’s attempts to solicit a million dollars from an investor from Qatar. (Something else that Stormy Daniels’ lawyer had teased, notably.) It was a story later confirmed by the Washington Post.

https://twitter.com/DerekCressman/status/996887366127112193

Oh, and on the same day, there was also a story about Cohen lying about how long the attempt to build a Trump Tower in Russia actually went on for.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/996900637328707584

https://twitter.com/renato_mariotti/status/996898450657734656

With all this going on, no wonder that a fifth major Cohen story again from Wednesday reported that the lawyer was telling friends “I just can’t take this anymore.” Hey, Michael: We’re sure Robert Mueller would be willing to lend an ear if you want to talk.

https://twitter.com/grantstern/status/997208404002312192

The Takeaway: All of that happened in just one day. Is this too much for regular people? Hell, is this too much for people who work in news?!

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/996890043028471809

The Age of the Twink?

What Happened: Sorry, Age of Aquarius. And Age of Ultron. And any other age, really; it turns out, we’re in a far sexier, skinnier age than anyone even suspected.

What Really Happened: It was the style piece that launched all kinds of response. Far more than anyone expected, in fact.

https://twitter.com/tmagazine/status/996074399215312896

https://twitter.com/timesout/status/996058026820997123

Yes, the New York Times declared that this was the age of the Twink, and people had opinions about it. Even on social media, people were unimpressed.

https://twitter.com/BenJPierce/status/996139668512038912

https://twitter.com/davidmackau/status/996090563664457729

https://twitter.com/chris_higgins_/status/996095986220044288

https://twitter.com/fireblaze36492/status/996092227003867141

https://twitter.com/MattRogersTho/status/996110928600010753

https://twitter.com/MattMNazario/status/996099479815077889

https://twitter.com/LouisStaples/status/996100007865577473

Indeed, let’s ask a dating app, shall we?

https://twitter.com/Grindr/status/996097674343403523

But, OK, sure. Let’s grant this particular supposition and ask the obvious question: if this is the Age of the Twink, what is next?

https://twitter.com/adamjmoussa/status/996104429148491776

The Takeaway: If only everyone had jumped to this pun, everything would have been so much better.

https://twitter.com/tyleroakley/status/996117787058765824

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