May 11, 2018

The W.H. Aide who made the McCain death joke

Jack Kemp

Today I read an important detail about the White House official who joked about John McCain's impending death from cancer.

First, a quick summary of the event.

A White House official called Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize after she mocked Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) cancer diagnosis during a meeting earlier in the day, a source told The Hill.

The Hill first reported Thursday that special assistant Kelly Sadler brushed off the senator's opposition to President Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, saying, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."

Sadler later called the senator's daughter Meghan McCain to apologize, according to a source.

Meghan McCain has not publicly responded to the comments herself, beyond retweeting her mother, Cindy, who chided the White House official.

"May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren," Cindy McCain wrote.

I had to look up Kelly Sadler's picture on a search engine but first guessed this was a woman making the remark because a political man would be - in general - more circumspect to making such a boorish statement while working for the White House. Okay, I know what you're thinking. Donald Trump could easily have made such a remark. But what the Boss can get away with, an employee of his or her cannot. Witness Mr. Scaramucci no longer in President Trump's employ. Sure enough, Kelly Sadler turned out to be a woman.

From Hollywood Life:

1. What is her job? Kelly’s LinkedIn reveals that she serves as a "Special Assistant to the President” in the Office of Communications at the White House. She has held the job for just over a year. The focus of her job is reportedly on illegal immigration, and she handles sending out press releases to reporters about the issue...


A man can be more easily stereotyped as a bully or a boor for politically or socially incorrect speech - and every man in public life knows it. How much would you bet that although a man in the Trump administration may have had the same thoughts as Sadler's, he would have either a) kept his mouth shut b) worded his statement more diplomatically especially after the firing of Mr. Scaramucci or c) having made such a remark even now, been fired fairly soon after making shooting off their mouth - although that might happen to Kelly Sadler yet.

To say the first thing that comes to their mind is something a considerate, caring woman - and there are many - would never say in a white collar job situation, especially at the White House. I'll also include a cultural reference to the beloved American film "The Wizard of Oz." You may recall the angy Auntie Em' about to tell off the wealthy Elmira Gulch for legally seizing Dorothy's dog Toto. Aunt Em' tempered her anger by saying, "for twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you, and now, well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!" Whether one is religious or not, one can understand where and when discretion is required.

But Kelly Sadler's words are the type of remark that, Hillary Clinton, who thinks she should have won the 2016 election and believes SHE is the REAL President - would make in one of her after-hours campaign headquarters rants or during a night of drinking on the town.

Ronald Reagan joked that the Oval Office rug is red "to hide the blood." But President Reagan, in telling this joke, spoke of keeping a decent public image that befit the Dignity of the Office. And in today's tell all environment, Kelly Sadler has created a mess and is way past being able to hide the political blood - her own, in this case

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