Thirteen days after his death, President Trump finally called the widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson to console her for the loss of her husband – and he immediately shoved his foot squarely in his mouth.
According to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Trump called Myeshia Johnson and spoke to her for about five minutes. Wilson rode in the car with Johnson and overheard the President’s words.
What words of comfort did he have to offer the grieving, pregnant mother of two?
“He must have known what he signed up for. He said it more than once. How could you say that to a grieving widow? This man has no feelings for anyone” recounts a stunned Rep Wilson.
— Kanisha Jackson (@Kanisha1Jackson) October 18, 2017
While yes, in some existential sense Sgt. Johnson knew he might die in the line of duty, Sgt. Johnson did not sign up to be murdered by militants in the middle of nowhere in West Africa, fighting an unknown enemy in an unknown land for unclear reasons.
La David Johnson was lost last week in an ambush with Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons. It is unclear if President Trump has contacted those families yet.
The President has spent the past few days insinuating that President Obama had failed to console the grieving families of fallen soldiers in a timely fashion to cover up the fact that Trump simply didn’t care enough to respond to their deaths until he was publicly forced to by the media.
“President Obama I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do—all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like the combination of—I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter” babbled Trump on Monday afternoon, before going on to blame the Pentagon for his failure to contact the families in a timely fashion.
When the bodies of the four men killed in Niger were brought back to America, Donald Trump was golfing.
But let us recall that President Trump had no problem bringing out the white widow of the Navy SEAL who was killed in his first disastrous raid in Yemen – a raid he couldn’t be bothered to be in the Situation Room for – as a political prop during his Joint Address to Congress.
For a man who has spent the past two weeks complaining that NFL players kneeling during the anthem is “disrespectful to our troops” to then openly be disrespectful to a fallen soldier is a heinous act of political hypocrisy so outrageous it’s hard to understand how he doesn’t spontaneously combust in a ball of fire.
Now he adds insult to grievous injury by making light of their deaths. It’s said every day, but this man is truly a disgrace to the United States of America and the brave men and women who risk their lives for their country.
Rest in peace, La David Johnson.
Trump finally called the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson today and told her: "He knew what he signed up for."
No call at all would be better!! pic.twitter.com/YHW5Dip7gu
— Kanisha Jackson (@Kanisha1Jackson) October 17, 2017