Gen. Kelly lost his son, who was serving his country, but now he’s working for Trump, so denigrate, shame, and smear him. I know it’s nothing new. I know it’s par for the course, but it’s still appalling that progressives say they ‘respect the uniform,’ but have zero problems trashing those who disagree with them. No wonder there is such a partisan divide. Would you sit next to a person like this? I certainly wouldn’t. It’s not okay to go after Gold Star families unless they’re not our type of family, says Liberal America. That’s being shown today.
The Trump White House has been bombarded with criticism over President Trump’s remarks to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Myeshia Johnson. Sgt. Johnson was killed in an ambush by ISIS forces in Niger. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) was able to overhear the call to Mrs. Johnson and said she didn’t hear the whole call, but heard him say that the late sergeant knew “what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts.”
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former general in the U.S. Marine Corps, handled the press briefing today. Kelly started off by explaining what happens when a service person in the U.S. military has been killed in combat, and the process of returning the body back home.
Mr. Kelly said he recommended to President Trump to not call because there is no perfect way to make that call. There is nothing the president can say to ease the awful burden that has befallen the family of the serviceman or woman who has died. Kelly was in on the phone call. 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.” He recalled seeing the stones on some of the graves that he put there for troops that had died following his orders on the battlefield.
He then slammed Wilson’s “selfish behavior,” while calling on the press to reel it back and maybe keep this act in our society sacred. Kelly then took questions, but only from reporters who knew Gold Star families. Very few hands went up.
Rep. Wilson responded to this presser by saying, “John Kelly’s trying to keep his job. He will say anything.”
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