The feud between Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and President Trump started after Wilson accused Trump of being insensitive with the widow of a fallen soldier.
For Rep. Wilson to criticize President Trump of insensitivity towards veterans and their wives is incredibly hypocritical. She has repeatedly voted against measures that would benefit soldiers and their families, according to Fox News.
On October 4th, Army Sgt. La David Johnson and three others were killed in the line of duty when they were ambushed by Islamic militants during a training operation. The soldier’s wife, Myeshia Johnson, was on her way to the Miami International Airport to retrieve his body — when President Trump called to offer his condolences. Rep. Wilson claims to have been riding with Mrs. Johnson when the call came.
Wilson took to the press to lash out at Donald Trump for perceived insensitivity during the phone call, claiming he told the widow Johnson that her son “knew what he signed up for… but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
President Trump tweeted about the issue, wherein he disagreed with Wilson’s claim, stating, “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders similarly criticized Wilson’s claim, calling it “appalling and disgusting,” and claimed that Wilson was “politicizing” the moment.
Wilson herself has a history when it comes to insensitivity toward servicemen and their families. Wilson’s voting record shows that she’s been opposed to many legislative measures that benefit veterans and their families.
Wilson voted against attempts to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to better serve veterans. She’s voted (numerous times) against measures that would have guaranteed veterans and their families continued benefits should the government shutdown. Most glaring of all is Wilson’s vote against a measure that would have covered the death and burial benefits of the families of four soldiers killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2013.
Wilson has spent many years participating in the active political sabotage of measures that would have directly supported veterans. The fact that she’s detracting from these families to make jabs at the president is insensitive in and of itself.
According to Chief of Staff General John Kelly, Wilson listening in on a sensitive phone call between the President and a widow is appalling in the first place. “I was stunned when I came to work, when I saw what a member of Congress was doing, listened in on a phone call from the president. It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation… I thought at least that was sacred,” he said.
Kelly slammed Wilson when he called on reporters to abstain from covering the drama, according to Deadline. He said, “I hope, as you write your stories, let’s not let this last thing that is sacred – a young man or woman giving his or her life for country – let’s somehow keep that sacred. It eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.”
Congresswoman Wilson repeatedly votes against measures that benefit veterans and their families. Should she apologize?
Kelly also reminded everyone that these are among the worst phone calls for a president to make. It is during a time of great sorrow when emotions are running high amongst everyone involved. According to Kelly, “There is no perfect way to make that phone call.”
Wilson’s attempt to take this moment and use it as political ammo against President Trump is appalling. Her focus should, instead, be on how to best assist a grieving family during this terrible tragedy.