His name is La David Johnson, and he is a fallen American hero who lost his life in a raid on US forces in Niger. His death has not just been honored with respectful military tradition and ritual, but also become a political wedge issue used by both sides.
Or at least that’s the suggestion made on Fox & Friends this morning, in defense of last night’s story that President Donald Trump called the Johnson’s grieving widow and allegedly said “he knew what he signed up for.” This was first reported by WPLG, a local Florida TV station, who wrote:
U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for …but when it happens it hurts anyway,” when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.
“Yes, he said it,” Wilson said. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
Critics of Fox & Friends have dismissed the morning opinion show as “State Run TV” because of it’s entirely favorable approach towards the Trump Administration, and so in some respects, they deserve credit for addressing a story that potentially paints President Trump in such an unfavorable light.
What’s less surprising is the defense of Trump’s call, or more to the point, the “best defense is a good offense” strategy employed in critically suggesting Rep. Wilson for paying politics because she’s a democrat. Brian Kilmeade then mocked Wilson for “her to scramble and call CNN into this story and make herself this major event is to me is totally inappropriate.”
Not surprisingly, shortly after Fox & Friends aired a segment criticizing Ms. Wilson’s retelling of the Presidential call, Trump tweeted a similar idea claiming that he had proof that it was “totally fabricated”:
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
The context of this odd debate of providing emotional support to families grieving after losing loved ones in military service is suddenly an political topic because of Trump’s false claim that his predecessors (in particular, Barack Obama) “never called” grieving families. He later aimed to clarify that comment saying that he didn’t really know, that someone told him that, but doubled down in claiming that his Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, never received a call from Obama, keeping the story alive.
Watch the segment above, courtesy of Fox News.
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