Greg Sargent is right that the whole point of what Trump and now John Kelly say about Mueller and the Confederate statues and black Congresswomen is the power to define truth aside from or over against any and all verifiable fact or reality.
Trump says he cannot be tied down to “political correctness” because he is on a mission to MAGA. But sometimes, just sometimes, there’s no daylight between political correctness and simple politeness and decency.
If I said lack of compromise is what caused the Irish potato famine, John Kelly might (rightly take) offense. He might feel I was disrespecting his ancestors and making apologies for the genocidal actions of powerful English overlords. He would probably be right. But Kelly shows little understanding of or care for how or why his assaults on historical reality vis-a-vis the Civil War might outrage anybody who matters. (BTW Mr. Kelly there were more than “two sides,” there were also freed slaves–did you forget about them?) Kelly did not display much conservative virtue on Fox TV last night. Neither is he the adult in the Oval Office, unfortunately. Conservatism in the USA, real conservatism worthy of the name, is about protecting liberty and keeping government within limits, not about enabling authoritarianism. Real conservatives are suspicious of sweeping change, but not addicted to sentimentalizing past injustices. (Kelly made apologies last night for Chinese authoritarian rule, too.) John Kelly is not a conservative in my book, he is just an abusive reactionary.