Imagine that your loved one is killed overseas. Imagine that after your loved one’s remains are being returned to you, that you’re traveling in a car with your local congressional representative to the airport when you receive a call from Washington asking if you would take a call from the President of the United States.
You agree. You have received dozens of calls but you didn’t expect this one. The commander in chief, the most powerful man in the world doesn’t have to call to console you, but he wants to.
The phone rings, and upon getting on speaker phone, the President greets you and delivers his condolences. He tries to make a connection, searches for the right words, knowing full well that nothing will console you in this grief. But he tries.
And over the traffic and car motor, the rep overhears something to the effect: “Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for. But I guess it still hurt.”’
Imagine that instead of letting the call end, the rep demands the phone because she wants to curse out the President. During your condolence call!
That was what Myeshia Johnson experienced the day she went to receive the body of her husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, killed in Niger.
Now imagine that your rep, Frederica Wilson (D-FL) , finds a journalist, gets on the news:
“I asked them to give me the phone because I wanted to speak with him. And I was going to curse him out. That was my reaction at that time. I was livid. But they would not give me the phone… To me that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow. And everyone knows when you go to war, you could possibly not come back alive. But you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That’s so insensitive.”
In reality, she found a bone to pick with the POTUS she doesn’t like. She didn’t like how he said it. She would make content changes.
Sure, I get that. But no: she really wanted to make political points, to try to embarrass him, to throw that impeachment jab again.
President Trump Tweets
Um, yeah, he tweets:
Trump also sounds like he’s developing click-bait headlines, but that’s beside the point.
Frederica Wilson Talks to CNN Again
Again, rather than let it go, Rep Wilson spoke to CNN:
“I don’t know what kind of proof he could be talking about. I’m not the only person that was in the car, and I have proof too. This man is a sick man. He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone. This is a grieving widow, a grieving widow who is six months pregnant. This is a young woman. She’s only 24 years old. She weighs maybe 110 pounds. And she has two other kids, 2 years old and 6 years old. And when she actually hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even know his name.’ Now, that’s the worst part.”
“I didn’t hear the whole phone call, but I did hear him say, ‘I’m sure he knew what he was signing up for, and — but it still hurts.’ And I asked them to let me speak with him. And the master sergeant said, ‘No, you can’t speak with him.’ But I said, ‘But I want to speak with him.’ Because I was livid when I heard that.”
Far be it from me to suggest DNC Rep Wilson is unqualified to psychoanalyze Trump, especially after admitting she didn’t hear a portion of the call. She’s making the point that she’s the empathetic one, snatching at the Gold Star widow’s phone and grandstanding to the press.
In business, if a colleague makes an error, we typically sent him a private note. We don’t try to roast him in front of others, and certainly not to the general public. That’s considered rude. And grandstanding.
Enter John Kelly
For President Trump’s perspective, we have White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s press briefing. The following is considered one of the most emotional ever given to the WH Press, and the room was quieter than its ever been. It’s worth the time to watch. Here is the full briefing:
The minor point to take here is that Trump said only what the former US Marine Corps General Staff John Kelly recommended that he say.
The major point here is that Democrats have no filter when it comes to embarrassing this president. There so no sacred ground they won’t desecrate to make political hay.
In response to John Kelly’s powerful speech, Wilson considered the “empty barrel” analogy RACIST! (hey, if you have only one card to play)
The progressive press is harping on Kelly because Wilson wasn’t in office when this building was dedicated. They’re claiming Kelly LIED about Wilson.
But here’s the problem: what Kelly said was:
“And a congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise…”
Note the article: “a congresswoman.” In other words, Kelly was perhaps more sexist – but it wasn’t Wilson he was talking about.
He wanted us to make a direct link between his recollection of a crass, politically motivated rep making hay over the graves of others, and Frederica Wilson… BUT IT WASN’T WILSON he was talking about. It could have been. Turns out it wasn’t.
It’s not all about you, Frederica.
It’s all about Frederica
That didn’t stop Frederica Wilson from completely missing the point, playing the race card (is there anything that doesn’t sound racist anymore), and then talking like she just stuck the moon landing:
“Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little. She said, ‘The dog can bark at the moon all night long, but it doesn’t become an issue until the moon barks back.’”
Of the White House’s criticisms, she also said:
“You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words? This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now.”
You can’t make this stuff up.