For those who have been paying attention to pressing news matters — like the possibility of nuclear war, a potential US pullout of NAFTA, and catastrophic climate change — you may have missed the never-ending, trivial back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson over his phone call to a Gold Star widow.
After White House Chief of Staff John Kelly jumped into the fray yesterday and said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the Florida congresswoman’s criticisms against the president’s call to the wife of a Green Beret who died in Niger, Wilson booked another CNN appearance in which she called the general a liar and accused him of using a racist term.
During his White House press briefing appearance yesterday, Kelly accused Wilson of politicizing a 2015 ceremony for slain FBI agents, but she says the general’s account of this story is wrong — and according to the Miami Herald, she is correct.
As for the “racist term,” Kelly called Wilson an “empty barrel” which is an idiom referring to a person who is loud and blustery, yet lacks sufficient or accurate knowledge on the topic they are discussing — however, it is not considered a racially derogatory term.
Wilson’s full remarks on Kelly went as follows:
“I heard his remarks and I heard him say that I am bragged that I secured the money for the building of the FBI building in Miramar. And that’s a lie. I feel sorry for General Kelly. He has my sympathy for the loss of his son. But he can’t just go on TV and lie on me. I was not even in Congress in 2009 when the money for the building was secured. So that’s a lie. How dare he…We’re concerned about Boko Haram being the most vicious terrorist organization in the world. And we never hear about it. And Boko Haram and ISIS combined and they killed my son.”
Baffled at the “my son” remark, New Day host Alisyn Camerota corrected the congresswoman, to which Wilson clarified by calling Johnson, “My role model son.” Additionally, the much criticized aspect of Trump’s call to the Gold Star widow was that he allegedly said “he knew what he signed up for.” Wilson again responded to this by saying, “[Trump] doesn’t need to talk about what people sign up for. That is unconscionable.”
Yesterday, Wilson appeared to be quite pleased with her dramatic back-and-forth with the president, referring to herself as a “rock star now.” The president seemed similarly enthralled with the media spectacle, calling Wilson “wacky” in a late-night tweet yesterday.
Watch above via CNN.
Editor’s note – This story has been updated to accurately represent Kelly’s comments on the 2015 FBI ceremony.
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