Last week, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) took a major shot at President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff General John Kelly.
Gutierrez called the Gold Star father and retired Marine Corps general, a “disgrace to the uniform” after the administration gave Congress six months to come up with a replacement for DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
His statement read:
"General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of DREAMers. Now as Chief of Staff, this former general is executing the plan to take away their lifeline and taking steps to criminalize young people who live and work here legally.
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."
Nearly a week passed before General Kelly finally responded to the congressman's attack, but it was well worth the wait.
He fired back with both barrels:
As far as the congressman and other irresponsible members of congress [sic] are concerned, they have the luxury of saying what they want as they do nothing and have almost no responsibility. They can call people liars but it would be inappropriate for me to say the same thing back at them. As my blessed mother used to say “empty barrels make the most noise.”
The congressman has a right to his opinion.
Now, on this morning's broadcast of “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough and the usual crowd were given the opportunity to talk about Gutierrez's comments.
And boy did they did not let him off the hook. Scarborough called the comments “disgraceful”:
“I served with the Congressman and like him personally but where do we begin? Talk about the disgraceful, outrageous words that he used against a man who’s given his entire life and his son to this country in service in uniform.”
Mike Barnicle seemed even angrier than Scarborough:
“He should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize but he won’t because of the partisan and polarized nature of Washington, D.C., Congressman Gutierrez belongs to a body of people who work maybe two hours a week, legislatively they’re going to have four days this month, the remainder of the month to get things done. They’ve had DACA on their desks for over a year.”
Despite the backlash, Gutierrez has not apologized for his comments against General Kelly.
Watch the clip below to see the full segment from this morning.