[Ed. – Fair enough. That goes for both parties, too.]
“If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws,” Kelly told a gathering at George Washington University on Tuesday.
“Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.”
He was interrupted by applause, then continued:
My people — my people have been discouraged from doing their jobs for nearly a decade, disabled by pointless bureaucracy and political meddling and suffered disrespect and contempt by public officials who have no idea what it means to serve.
During my confirmation process and in hearings, members of Congress, the press, and other public officials frequently asked me about the morale problems the department has experienced over the last few years.
My response has simply been, when you discourage, when you disable, when you unjustly criticize and default to believing the initial reports as opposed to defaulting to believing the stories told by my professionals — when you do all of those things and show disrespect to the individual who’s risking his or her life to defend the country — when you do those things, what do you expect?
All of this stopped on January 20. It stopped with President Trump and it stopped with me.