CNN’s Phil Mudd Gets Emotional While Blasting Trump and Rep. Wilson For Politicizing Tragedy

CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd has been thoroughly outraged by the politicization of the death of Army Sgt. La David Johnson — and the condolence call placed by President Donald Trump to Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson.

Thursday on The Situation Room, Mudd voiced his disgust with Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) during an emotional segment.

“We have two politicians who used the death of a young man to see who can piss higher on a fire hydrant,” Mudd said. “And that’s American politics?! This is a sad moment.”

Mudd added, “This is just a rough day.”

The CNN counterterrorism analyst’s voice broke as he assigned blame to Trump for being the first to politicize the issue when he made a false claim about past Presidents including Barack Obama not making calls to the families of fallen soldiers. But he also was harsh in his criticism of Wilson for sharing he particulars of the phone call.

“Why is [Trump] getting out in the wake of the death of people who represent America and saying this is a chance to say I call more people than President Obama? How about saying I’m sorry that a kid doesn’t learn to fish with his dad? How’s that? How about a congresswoman who says, this is a moment to go after a man I despise in the Oval Office and I don’t care what happened in terms of the actual phone call and whether [White House Chief of Staff] General [John] Kelly actually did advise the president to say that.

“I think politicians have a simple responsibility, if you can’t shut up, get out of the room.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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