John Kelly Watched Trump's Charlottesville Speech With His Head Hung Low & Twitter Sure Noticed
On Tuesday, President Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower in New York to talk about infrastructure. But his remarks turned to the weekend's protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's statue, and clashed with counter-protesters in the town. One photo that encapsulated the president's third statement on Charlottesville shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly hanging his head while Trump spoke about the violence on "both sides," called out the "alt-left," and once again failed to condemn white nationalists.
Photos of Trump's chief of staff listening to the president's comments with his head hung low circulated online shortly after the event.
Among his comments referring to "many sides," Trump specifically pointed to the "alt-left" supposedly inciting violence in Charlottesville:
John Kelly, WH chief of staff, listen as President Donald Trump speaks at Trump Tower lobby this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/EBNPx1UJbv— Al Drago (@Al_Drago) August 15, 2017
The photo of Kelly staring at the ground, looking very uncomfortable, as Trump gave his speech did not go unnoticed by Twitter, which quickly did what Twitter does and turned the situation into a meme.
But some people also questioned about why Kelly hasn't brought order to the White House, as many thought his appointment to the chief of staff position would accomplish.
"Wow, I feel ever so much better now that John Kelly has brought discipline and order to the administration," Anna Maltese quipped. "John Kelly has really changed things up in the White House!" CNN's Chris Cillizza said.
Others called for Kelly to resign out of conscience.
Here's a look at what Twitter had to say about Kelly and the photo that has already become representative of Trump's administration.
I Feel So Much Better
Wow, I feel ever so much better now that John Kelly has brought discipline and order to the administration.— Anna Maltese (@MalteseAnna) August 15, 2017
There's Always Time For An Arrested Development Reference
That look on John Kelly's face while Trump was speaking... pic.twitter.com/4YS0vZwBww— Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) August 15, 2017
A Live Look
Live look at chief of staff John Kelly. pic.twitter.com/Kea8yYRVHH— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) August 15, 2017
In His Office
Live from John Kelly’s office pic.twitter.com/EKHznIkjac— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) August 15, 2017
Watching The Dumpster Fire
John Kelly watching the Dumpster fire just now. pic.twitter.com/EzL8qNyijX— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) August 15, 2017
A Brief Rundown
So, as you can tell:— Angry WH Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) August 15, 2017
1. His base was pissed
2. He's an idiot
3. John Kelly wants to puke
How Long Can He Take It?
One has to wonder how long John Kelly can take this before he resigns. This picture is so perfect https://t.co/Dm9jhVMhgw— Bryan Statz (@bstatz) August 15, 2017
It's A Bad Day
Bad day on the job for John Kelly https://t.co/56PHGUzX9w— Pamela Jagger (@jagger_pamela) August 15, 2017
Hope media finally learned this week that it doesn't matter who Trump hires [John Kelly], he'll always revert to chaos-Trump. It's his DNA.— Karl Frisch (@KarlFrisch) August 15, 2017
Where Kelly will go from here is up in the air. He could work hard to turn Trump around, but as Twitter pointed out, that may be an impossible task. He could resign. Or he could get fired, as Trump has proven to do when he feels embarrassed by a staffer.
The options are endless, but the question is whether any of them are any good.