It’s a pretty base thing to use a dead soldier to make political points. But that’s exactly what Rep. Frederica Wilson did when she allegedly overheard a call from President Donald Trump to Myeshia Johnson, Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow.
Johnson was one of four men killed in Niger during an ambush by Islamic militants.
Rep. Wilson was in a car with Myeshia Johnson when the call came in. She told reporters Trump said Sgt. Johnson “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
The congresswoman called this remark “so insensitive.”
And she criticized Trump, telling reporters that she wanted to take the phone away from the widow and curse at Trump for what he said, but that the family wouldn’t let her.
The soldier’s mother said that the congresswoman was correct. Trump and the White House denied that he had sad anything insensitive.
From Fox News:
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” he tweeted.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Wilson’s criticism “appalling and disgusting” and accused her of “politicizing” the issue. She said the call wasn’t recorded but other White House officials, including chief of staff General John Kelly, were present during the call.
But Wilson hasn’t backed away from her claim and later said that Myeshia Johnson told her Trump “didn’t even remember his name.”
Wilson appeared on ‘The View.’ She went on such a rant it even made co-host Meghan McCain, no friend of Trump, uneasy and McCain admonished Wilson for politicizing the situation.
First, she called her out to her co-hosts.
From Daily Caller:
So I would like to hear the context of that call. Politicizing military deaths on both sides is a new low for America right now, in every way.”
“Again if the congresswoman comes and says ‘here’s the recording, here’s what he said’ and it is as craven as its coming out in the media,” she continued. ” The problem is she’s [Wilson] part of resistance. She didn’t vote for President Trump. She didn’t attend the inauguration. There’s politics on both sides. Someone died for our freedom to sit on this show right now, so let’s talk about what’s important.”
Then she called her out when Wilson called into the show.
“I don’t like the cheering of calling our president a liar. I don’t like cheering talking about a man who has given his life for our freedom. This was a private call between the widow and the president. Why did you feel the need to speak out?”
Wilson tried to explain that she shared with the press because they asked, but McCain wasn’t having it.
“But just because they asked, isn’t necessarily your role to answer,” McCain responded. “I mean this is deeply private and personal.”
Wilson claimed it was Trump’s ‘Benghazi’ without showing any comparisons to that situation at all. She also without any evidence claimed Trump didn’t have an armored truck and that his weapons were ‘weaker’ than the terrorists’ weapons.
But Wilson’s rants had more than a few problems.
First, while accusing Trump of not using the name of the soldier or the widow, she herself managed to get the name of the widow wrong.
Wilson had to delete that tweet because she got the widow’s name is Myeshia, not Myesha.
Really not a good thing to do when you’re chastising people to use her name.
Second, her concern for the military appears new, as Wilson hasn’t supported votes that would have helped the military and their families.
From Fox News:
Specifically, she opposed a measure that would have given the families of four soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in 2013 death and burial benefits.
She has also opposed measures to reform the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.
And Wilson has voted against measures multiple times that would ensure veterans and their families would still receive benefits despite government shutdowns.
Support isn’t proven in using someone for your political purposes. It’s proven by being there when you’re really needed with votes and real support.