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Newsmax host Greg Kelly under ‘review’ by conservative network over tweets that might ‘appeal to racists’

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Greg Kelly wearing a suit and tie: This image released by Newsmax shows Greg Kelly. © Provided by New York Daily News This image released by Newsmax shows Greg Kelly.

Newsmax host Greg Kelly is under review by his conservative network after writing and deleting several tweets Sunday about race and the military.

Kelly, the son of former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, posted the controversial tweets in an apparent stab at sarcasm, but they may have crossed a line, Newsmax said in a statement to the Daily News.

Greg Kelly wearing a suit and tie: This image released by Newsmax shows Greg Kelly. © Provided by New York Daily News This image released by Newsmax shows Greg Kelly.

This image released by Newsmax shows Greg Kelly.

“We understand a series of tweets were posted by Mr. Kelly that, in their totality, indicated his opposition to racism. We at Newsmax never countenance the posting of racist views or views that appeal to racists. We are currently reviewing the matter,” the statement sent by network spokesperson Brian Peterson said.


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“Military life had its Perks, but it was also a major pain. I will tell you what took ‘the sting out of it’ – that when I was flying around the Pacific Ocean off of ships, I knew there was a Secretary of Defense who was white, just like me! Made a big difference with ‘morale,’” one of Kelly’s Sunday tweets captured by the Washington Post before it was deleted read.

“So that’s the USS America aircraft carrier that I’m ‘fixin’ to land on. Just knowing that President Clinton, who was in office at the time, was a Caucasian male made it ‘all worthwhile’ – ask any white male officer who served under him. So appreciative of his Race were we,” another read.

A third tweet in the series compared a photo of Kelly with former Secretary of Defense Les Aspin.

“I mean, just look at this guy LES ASPIN. Since we’re both WHITE we OBVIOUSLY LOOK so much ALIKE, which Means we had So much in common. All the other ‘white Marines’ agreed with me,” he tweeted.

Kelly, 52, elicited even more reaction when he followed the allegedly ironic tweets with one that highlighted how late New York City Mayor David Dinkins, a Black man, officiated at his wedding.

“Now the TRUTH: being a MARINE had nothing to do with RACE. It didn’t matter. It wasn’t “a thing”—the EXPERIENCE brought us together, no matter what we were. The late Mayor David Dinkens, a WWII Marine, and hence, my brother. Below in 1991, and officiating my wedding in 2017,” he wrote.

Critics likened that tweet to the problematic proposition that a white person with a Black friend can’t possibly be racist.

Attempts to reach Kelly, a former co-host of Fox 5′s “Good Day New York,” were not immediately successful Monday.

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