WATCH: MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell blasts John Kelly's slam on black congresswoman

While many praised White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly for his stern and emotional defense of President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, one passionate dissenting voice was MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

On his program Thursday evening, O’Donnell launched into an 18 minute diatribe against Kelly that got personal, with the host suggesting Kelly’s Boston Irish upbringing tinged his thoughts about Wilson with racism.

“I grew up a few years after John Kelly in an identical neighborhood in the other side of Boston and I went to high school in John Kelly’s neighborhood. I know the neighborhood John Kelly comes from, I know the culture,” said O’Donnell.  “It was a neighborhood in which calling someone who looked like Frederica Wilson an empty barrel was the kindest thing that would have been said about her. Desegregation came very painfully to the Boston schools, long after John Kelly finished high school, and the pain of desegregating Boston schools was visited entirely on the students who looked like Frederica Wilson.”

There was more: O’Donnell also accused the marine general of “dehumanizing” Wilson by calling her an “empty barrel.”

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U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson speaks at a news conference during a visit by a Congressional delegation to Abuja, as part of efforts by the U.S. to enhance cooperation between both countries in tackling the Boko Haram in Nigeria August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a press conference about the Zika virus as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden (L), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip (R) look on in Doral, Florida, U.S. August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida speaks at a U.S. Congressional Black Caucus 'Town Meeting' at Mt. Hermon AME church in Miami Gardens, Florida August 22, 2011. The group is sponsoring a jobs fair in downtown Miami on Monday and they say the fair will include more than 100 employers from around the country. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) after arriving at Miami International Airport in Florida October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 19: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) speaks at a Congressional field hearing on nursing home preparedness and disaster response October 19, 2017 in Miami, Florida. The hearing comes in the wake of fourteen patient deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Florida, which lost power after Hurricane Irma struck Florida. The nursing home deaths remain under police investigation. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 02: D-FL Congresswoman Frederica Wilson attend U.S. Vice President Joe Biden remark to students at the Miami Dade College on the importance of helping more Americans go to college on September 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 14: Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., appears with Nigerian women who escaped from the terrorist group Boko Haram during a news conference at the House Triangle, April 14, 2016. Thursday marked the two year anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 fermale students by Boko Haram from a dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) (R) speaks about protecting students from sexual predators while Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (L) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill, September 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Sen Toomey and other members of Congress called on the U.S. Senate to pass H.R.2083, the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act of 2013. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Representative Frederica Wilson, a Democrat from Florida, left, points as she talks with Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Obama declared the U.S. economy healed and said the nation now must begin work to close the gap between the well-off and the wanting. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., walks with Nigerian students Saa, right, and Patience, after a news conference at the House Triangle, April 15, 2015, to draw attention to the plight of girls who have been kidnapped by terrorists. Saa and Patience were held captive by Boko Haram but were able to escape. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Former Florida Governor and current Democratic Party candidate for Governor Charlie Crist and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson speaks at Crist's campaign rally at JW Marriott Marquis on September 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Former Florida Governor and current Democratic Party candidate for Governor Charlie Crist and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson speaks at Crist's campaign rally at JW Marriott Marquis on September 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) (L) join fellow Democratic members of the House for a news conference to call on Republicans to fund programs to combat the spread of the Zika virus at the U.S. Capitol September 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. Congress returned yesterday from a seven-week break during which time the Florida Department of Health confirmed the first local cases of Zika on July 29. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 4: From left, President Barack Obama, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrive in the Capitol Visitor Center for the meeting of House and Senate Democrats to discuss health care reform on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht (left) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) attend the STARZ Original series 'Power' Season Four Premiere at The Newseum on June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Starz)
UNITED STATES - MAY 2: Rep. Frederica Wilson, R-Fla., a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing in Rayburn Building titled 'Oversight of U.S. Airline Customer Service,' on May 2, 2017. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz and other industry executives testified. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep Frederica Wilson, D-FL, speaks during the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, hearing on the status of black males at in the Rayburn House Office Building on July 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
392542 02: Left to right, panelists United States Virgin Islands delegate to Congress Donna Marie Christian-Christensen, Florida House of Representatives member Frederica Wilson, Miami-Dade commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler and Commissioner Jimmy Morales talk July 28, 2001 during the HIV AIDS Summit in Miami. The Emergency Community Summit was convened to address the skyrocketing incidence of HIV/AIDS in every segment of South Florida''s White, Black and Hispanic communities. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 8: (L-R) Texas Democratic state senators Mario Gallegos (D-Houston), Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) and Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) hold a press conference with Florida Democratic State Senator Frederica Wilson (D-Miami) September 8, 2003 in Hollywood, Florida. The state senators are trying to fight a redistricting battle they say is part of a national GOP effort to increase the number of Republicans in Congress. The three men are among a group of 11 Texas senators who left the state on July 26 and sought refuge in New Mexico. By leaving the state they prevented the governor from holding a special session to redraw congressional districting maps. When the senators left Texas the governor lacked a two-thirds quorum necessary to hold a session. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 01: Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and her Legislative Director, James Williams, decorate their Cannon Building office with Miami Heat memorabilia. The Heat lead the Dallas Mavericks 1-0 in the NBA finals. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
November 25, 2012 - FREDERICA WILSON. Senator Marco Rubio Paticipates In Miami Beach Israel Solidarity Rally. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 15: Rep.-elect Frederica Wilson (D-FL) arrives for a new member orientation November 15, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. New members of the House of Representatives have arrived to the Capitol for the five-day orientation which held by the House Administration Committee. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 16: Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., prepare for a news conference with members of Congress in the Capitol Visitor Center on voter suppression and the upcoming march from Selma to Montgomery to commemorate the 1965 voting rights march that followed the same path. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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“He called her an empty barrel. He dehumanized her. In fact, from start to finish, John Kelly’s comments in the briefing room today were essentially a lecture about his moral superiority over her and Donald Trump’s moral superiority over her,” he said. “If there is anything that John Kelly respects about her, he did not mention it today. Today she was nothing but an empty barrel to him.”

While Kelly has been known to drop the “empty barrel” line before on his critics, it seems the Congresswoman saw O’Donnell’s monologue, telling reporters Friday that she felt the term was “racist.”

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