On Wednesday, October 18th, President Donald Trump called out Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for misrepresenting his words of condolence he shared in a telephone call to a widow who lost her husband in the Niger attack.
Representative Wilson–I like to affectionately refer to as the “tacky-hat lady”–sparked a feud with Trump after “she accused him of making an ‘insensitive’ remark to a soldier’s widow.
According to Fox News:
Army Sgt. La David Johnson and three other service members died in an Oct. 4 attack in Niger. Islamic militants ambushed the soldiers.
Wilson said she was riding with Myeshia Johnson, the soldier’s widow, as they went to Miami International Airport to meet his body when Trump called. The president said Johnson “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway,” Wilson said.
The congresswoman called the remark “so insensitive” during an interview with WPLG-TV.
The fallen soldier’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Associated Press Wednesday that the congresswoman’s account was correct.
Trump denied Wilson’s claims in a tweet Wednesday.
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” he tweeted.
On Thursday, Chief of Staff John Kelly told the media he was ‘stunned’ by what a Democratic congresswoman told reporters after she listened in on President Donald Trump’s call to the fallen soldier’s widow.
Kelly, a Gold Star father, said he was “brokenhearted” by the congresswoman’s criticism and said that he had advised Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger.
Kelly said he encouraged Trump to echo words Gen. Joseph Dunford offered to Kelly when his own son was killed in Afghanistan.
…”He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war,” Kelly said, channeling Dunford’s words to him upon the death of Kelly’s son. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to the four families the other day.”
Well, the hat lady responded to Kelly. And in a rather disgusting fashion–if I do say so myself (and I’m NOT just talking about the hat she was wearing).
According to The Federalist:
Rep. Fredericka Wilson (D-Fla.) told 7 News Miami that Kelly’s harsh criticisms of her from the White House briefing room on Thursday in reaction to her tasteless behavior made her a rock star.
“You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words?” she said, amid laughter. “This is amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I will have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now.”
I don’t know. Does bringing shame and embarrassment to the White House and grieving family rock-star status? It seems like that’s becoming par for the course in 21st century American politics.
And THAT is truly sad.