At the bidding of her casualty officer, Whitney Hunter waited by her phone for several days for the call from President Trump she had been promised after her husband was killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It never came.
Ms. Hunter said to CNN‘s Brianna Keilar today (video below):
I don’t have anything negative to say directly about the president, but my husband died for our country. He died for our nation in defense of our nation and I don’t want that to have been in vain or to have been — I don’t want it to be taken for granted and I don’t have anything negative to say about our president but I do know the difference between right and wrong. And whenever you say you’re going to do something, you’re supposed to do it.
Vice President Pence met Mrs. Hunter at Dover Air Force Base, which meant a great deal to her in her time of tragedy.
Her casualty officer then relayed what he had been told — that the president would call her within a few days. Instead, she received a presidential certificate in the mail, signed by Trump.
“It would have been a tremendous honor to have heard that directly from the president,” said Hunter, who in August lost the love of her life, 23-year-old Jonathon Hunter, only 10 months into their marriage.
The president’s inability to humanely comfort this grieving North Carolina widow in her time of need highlights his failure as a leader, which has been on especially prominent display in his insults toward Gold Star families — from his Islamophobic attacks on the Khan family during the election, to his profoundly insensitive remarks to Green Beret Sgt. Johnson’s widowyesterday, to his turning Gen. Kelly’s dead son into a political football, to his lies that President Obama and other presidents had not called grieving military families.
In Trump’s world, nothing is sacred. Nothing matters, except for him. His word means nothing. His language defiles our military and our nation.
He deserves to be removed from office, so that our country’s heroes do not have to die and their families suffer in vain.
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