The racist truth comes out.

Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is frequently credited with being a moderating influence on Trump, but he has shown himself to be every bit the racist his boss is.

As Trump and his fellow Republicans continue to hold Dreamers hostage to their extreme agenda, they have tried to cast themselves as compassionate seekers of a bipartisan solution to the problem that Trump created when he rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

But Kelly once again put the lie to that empty pose on Tuesday when he described Dreamers as “lazy.”

“There are 690,000 official DACA registrants, and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million,” Kelly told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“The difference between 690 and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses but they didn’t sign up.”

Kelly tried to attribute his racist smear to what “others would say,” but in an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade last week, Kelly made a nearly identical remark, without attributing it to “others.”

He made the same distinction between “the 690,000 oficial DACA recipients” and “people who would have qualified if they’d gotten off their, uh, well, had they registered like they should have.”

Kelly’s racist contempt for Dreamers is no different from Trump’s, and has been on display for quite a long time. With just weeks to go before deportations are set to begin, Democrats must negotiate with eyes wide open to the kind of people they are dealing with.