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    White House Chief of Staff Slammed for Civil War Comments

    His reputation may be gone with the wind. Gen. John Kelly drew fire yesterday for saying the American Civil War was the result of “a lack of an ability to compromise” and praising Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The backlash was immediate: Critics noted that the “compromise” was over slavery, and compared Kelly to President Trump blaming “both sides” for violence at a white nationalist rally. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted, “It’s irresponsible and dangerous … to make fighting to maintain slavery sound courageous.”

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