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Dem congresswoman attacks Trump's new chief of staff as an 'extremist' — then the internet responds with force

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) calls Trump's new chief of staff an "extremist," says Gen. John Kelly will "militarize" the West Wing. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) took to her Twitter account Friday to attack President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, as an "extremist."

According to Lee, Kelly, who is currently the secretary of Homeland Security, will "militarize" the White House.

"By putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist," Lee tweeted.

It was announced Friday that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had resigned his post and was leaving the White House. It was immediately announced that Kelly would be Priebus' replacement. Trump made the announcement via his personal Twitter account.

The move came amid a continued White House shake-up that included the resignation of Sean Spicer as press secretary last week after Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as White House communication's director.

Scaramucci made news this week after eviscerating Priebus in a phone call with a reporter and even accused the top White House aide as a source of long sought after leaks. Priebus, however, has denied leaking any information from the West Wing.

But given Kelly's distinguished military career, which spanned nearly 50 years and included reaching the highest rank in the Marine Corps, the Internet was quick to hit back at Lee for her attack on Kelly.

Even Spicer responded:

After news of his resignation broke, Priebus said that he will continue to support Trump from outside the White House and told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he will "always" be a Trump fan.

"I’m on Team Trump," Priebus said.

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