Florida DemRat Accuses Trump of Being “Insensitive” Toward the Widow of a U.S. Soldier Slain in Africa

UPDATE:

Two years ago, Wilson said the same thing. Where’s the media tantrum?:

“Most men and women in law enforcement leave their homes knowing there is a possibility they may not return,” Wilson explained.

“I know that Agents Grogan and Dove knew about [Miami’s] violence when they said goodbye to their families, picked up their badges and their guns, and left home on the morning of April 11, 1986,” Wilson continued. “Yet, they still answered the charge to protect their community.”

 

No lie or false accusation is ever too much for these douchebags.

And what the hell was this bitch doing listening in on a private conversation between the president and  the widow of a slain Soldier?

From Fox News

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was “stunned” and “broken-hearted” after a condolence call President Trump made to the widow of a slain Soldier turned into a public and political spectacle pitting the administration against a Democratic lawmaker.

In a rare and emotional moment from the White House briefing room podium, Kelly condemned Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for listening to that phone call and then criticizing the president’s tone in the press.

“I was stunned when I came to work, when I saw what a member of Congress was doing, listened in on a phone call from the president,” Kelly told reporters.

“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation … I thought at least that was sacred,” he said.

On Oct. 4, four Americans were killed in an ambush near Niger. The phone call in question was made to the widow of one of those Soldiers, Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Wilson criticized Trump for allegedly saying during that phone call that “he knew what he signed up for,” claiming the remarks were insensitive.

But Kelly said Trump was only trying to say something akin to what Gen. Joe Dunford, now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him when his own son died: That “he was doing exactly what he wanted to do … he knew what he was getting into.”

Trump ignited the issue earlier this week after he questioned whether Barack Obama called the families of fallen troops during his eight years in office. This was as he faced questions about his administration’s response to the Niger ambush.

 

Actually, Trump’s words were ““knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway”.  Straightforward and true.  In no way is that insensitive.  As a retired Soldier and war veteran, I understand exactly what Donald Trump meant and in the proper context.

A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve – is someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

This Gold Star father does:

The father of one of the Green Berets killed in Niger offered a blistering rebuke of the fervid criticism being directed at President Donald Trump over a condolence call to a widow of a deceased Soldier.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Arnold Wright, the father of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, said he spoke with Trump on the phone and the president’s remarks were “appropriate.” He also said his son did know what he signed up for.

“I’ll say it: my son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant,” said the Gold Star father who also served in the military. “My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”

Wright said he spoke with the president for about 20 minutes, saying “the tone was great” and that he had no qualms with it coming two weeks after his son was killed.

“His comments were appropriate,” he told Time Magazine.

“He talked to me about the loss of my son and how he served with honor and dignity and he just wanted to give me a call to thank me,” Wright said. “I told him the kind of man Dustin was. We talked about his deployment.

“We got troops out there with no air cover. There are still teams in the country. That was the main point that was the conversation.”

 

So does this Gold Star father:

A Gold Star Father said he believes President Donald Trump’s recent comments to the widow of a slain U.S. serviceman have been misinterpreted.

Speaking Wednesday with CNN host Alisyn Camerota, Craig Gross said Trump’s “words are basically being taken and misconstrued.”

Gross, whose son Cpl. Frank Robert Gross died in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan, said Trump has done several great things for Gold Star families and that he believes Trump is actually very compassionate.

“President Trump is doing a lot of good things as far as Gold Star families are concerned,” Gross said.

He added that Trump invited his family to the White House recently and spent several hours with roughly 50 families at a candlelight service honoring American heroes who have died in combat.

“I believe that if you interviewed him personally, one on one, you would find that he is very, very empathetic and very compassionate, not only toward Gold Star families but also in regards to our active duty,” Gross said.

 

And this Gold Star mother:

A Gold Star mother who lost her son “never got a call” from Obama, but what she received from Melania Trump was priceless.

Amid the uproar over President Trump’s remarks about his predecessors not calling the families of fallen service members, Jill Stephenson revealed that she, too, never got that personal call from Obama when her son, U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp, died in 2009, Independent Journal Review reported.

The 21 year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His mother’s fears that he would lose his leg turned worse as Kopp ended up in a coma and died eight days after being admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center.

“I never got a call,” Stephenson told IJR.

“The Obamas never sent these, either,” the mother added, sharing a personal letter she received from First Lady Melania Trump.

“I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices you have made and the high price you and your family have paid to help ensure our freedom,” the September 2017 letter addressed to the Gold Star mom began.

“As a mother, you bear the burden of war in a very personal way. I want to take a moment, on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, to honor you and your son, Corporal Benjamin Kopp, who laid down his life to protect us, our country, and all we hold dear. His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Trump continued.

“I hold you close to my heart and keep you in my prayers,” the letter concluded, signed by the first lady.

……Kopp bravely saved the lives of six of his fellow soldiers on the battlefield and impacted the lives of others even after his death. The story of his service and how he saved four more Americans, and impacted the lives of more than 60 others through his organ donations, is chronicled in the book, “Heart of a Ranger: The True Story of Cpl. Ben Kopp, American Hero in Life and Death.”

 

By the way, Wilson’s record demonstrates that she is no friend of veterans:

The Florida Democrat who criticized President Donald Trump this week for being “insensitive” toward the widow of a U.S. Soldier slain in Africa might be facing similar criticism herself.

It turns out that U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson has frequently voted against measures intended to help veterans and their families, according to VoteSmart.org, a vote-tracking site whose founding board members included former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

The measures that Wilson opposed included a bill that could have ensured that families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 received death and burial benefits.

……She has also opposed measures designed to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In March 2013, Wilson opposed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” which prevented a government shutdown and provided funds for the U.S. military and the VA.

……Later in the year, Wilson again voted against a resolution aimed at ensuring benefits paid to the veterans and their families would not be affected by the government shutdown in October that year.

The motion was particularly important in the wake of reports that the families of four Soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 had been deprived of benefits due to the shutdown in Washington.

The families of slain Soldiers were denied burial benefits and up to $100,000 to each family, among other benefits, the New York Times reported. Wilson voted against the resolution ensuring that the benefits reached the families.

 

Obama wouldn’t pick up the phone to call the families of the victims of Fast and Furious and Benghazi to express his condolences, but he gave sympathy to the families of terrorists and dead rappers, and he called gay NBA players and gay NFL players  to congratulate their “look at me” publicity stunts. Ditto for Major General Harold Greene, the Army General killed in Afghanistan by a terrorist.

He did, however,  disrepect the wishes of military families for a photo op. It was, after all, all about him. 

Derek Hunter’s take:

Nothing is sacred anymore. Nothing is off limits, and everything is political. This week showed us once again there is nothing Democrats won’t exploit, no grave they won’t dance on, if they think they can score political points. And there’s nothing “journalists” won’t spin, won’t lie about, and no hypocrisy too great to prevent them from smearing their political opponents.

……But there were no warnings ignored, like in Benghazi. There was no 13-hour delay in sending aid. There was no blaming of an Internet video to cover up the failure of the administration to act, and no one was sent to prison for a year to aid in the re-election of the president. The only similarity with Benghazi is the body count.

But liberals never let the facts get in the way of a good story, and since they control the media there is no reason to. Human decency used to be what held back their darker impulses, but they are no longer burdened by such constraints.

……But being a Gold Star family does not grant absolute carte blanche on everything else.

This was demonstrated by the media’s response to General John Kelly’s lecture to the press on Thursday. Joy Reid and Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s reliably dumbass-duo, accused Kelly of being a racist for rebutting a black woman’s claims with facts. It seems Gold Star parents such as Kelly are sacred only to the point what they say conflicts with the progressive agenda. Reid and O’Donnell are unworthy of respect.

……Liberals spent the last eight years calling every policy disagreement with Barack Obama “racist” because the alternative would be defending their failed policies. In the case of this condolence call, it’s easier, and disgustingly cheap, to toss that claim out there than report honestly.

 

Wilson and the rest of the Dems who routinely politicize the deaths of American troops can shove it up their ass.

 

Related article:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/10/18/white-house-trump-comments-families-fallen-troops-context/

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