In what will surely result in no condemnations from the media, no probing questions, no breathless coverage, and no indignation shown toward her for doing so, Florida Congresswoman and crazy hat aficionado Frederica Wilson attacked General John Kelly as a man of no principles or honor today.
As most know, Gen. Kelly’s son died in combat in 2010 while serving in Afghanista and he holds a special authority to speak on this issue.
In a presser that took place this afternoon, Gen. Kelly pressed upon media members the confidentiality of condolence calls as well as giving an emotional description of what happens after a soldier dies. He also criticized Rep. Wilson for taking something sacred (as he described it) and using it as a political football. His demeanor was not one of anger but sadness that she’d chosen to make the media rounds in order to leak a single line in the call to get a cheap swipe at President Trump.
He said what was transmitted to Mrs. Johnson was that her husband was “a brave man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted—there is no reason to enlist—and he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be, with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken.”
That was the message. Kelly said he was “stunned” that a member of Congress listened in on that conversation, lamenting how there is nothing sacred, listing Gold Star families, religion, and the dignity of life as things that have been sacrificed at the altar of politics.
“I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield—I just thought that might be sacred,” he added. Kelly added that upon seeing what Rep. Wilson was doing, the only thing he could do to collect his thoughts was go to Arlington National Cemetery for an hour and a half to be with the “finest men and women on this Earth.”
This is the perspective that was greatly needed during the frenzy that ensued yesterday. Did Trump handle this well? No. Choosing to challenge the Congresswoman was a mistake and one he will now pay the consequences for. No one is suggesting he shouldn’t deal with the scorn he’s earned over that.
But as to the original complaint, there was no there, there. President Trump shared, awkwardly perhaps, a common theme among servicemen. It’s a way to laud their bravery and action in harms way. So while Trump could be criticized for not being very eloquent, the idea that he was actively trying to disrespect the fallen soldier or his family is ludicrous.
Because so much attention has been paid to Trump’s reaction, the root wrong here has been ignored. I realize this was great for media fodder yesterday and probably generated a lot of clicks all over the internet, but no one should of ever known about this call. I shouldn’t of known. You shouldn’t of known. The media shouldn’t of known.
For this Democrat Representative to take a confidential condolence call and then run to the media to score political points with her “interpretation” (which she no doubt pressed on the family) is disgraceful.
Keep in mind, this is a woman who’s voted against VA reform and voted against increasing death benefits for soldiers. Perhaps most disgustingly, she voted against providing benefits being paid to veteran families during 2013’s government shut down. Why? Because she wanted the political issue of the troops and their families not being paid to use as a political bludgeon.
So what was Mrs. Wilson’s response to a great hero like Gen. Kelly?
Rep. Wilson responded to this presser by saying, “John Kelly’s trying to keep his job. He will say anything,”
A man who’s served with distinction for decades and who has diligently sought what’s best for the country is now being accused of being an honor-less hack who’ll say anything to keep a job he most certainly does not need.
The fact that Wilson makes this charge while she herself is a mindless, race-baiting political hack with nary an accomplishment to her name apparently escapes her self-awareness.
Gen. Kelly’s presser also brought out Hillary pajama boy Brian Fallon for comment.
Kelly isnt just an enabler of Trump. He's a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest. Dont be distracted by the uniform.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 19, 2017
Don’t be distracted by the uniform, says the joke of man who’s greatest triumph was being the press secretary for the most historically disastrous Presidential campaign in the country’s history.
You want to attack Trump? Go ahead, but no one should be attacking Gen. Kelly in this way. Nothing he’s done has shown him to be anything but a man of honor and integrity. No doubt his job is hard, but what he’s not is a political hack who would spit on his country or fallen soldiers to cover for Trump. Noway, no how. If you believe that, then maybe ask just how far you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of 2017 and whether you should climb back up a bit.