White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had some choice words for Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson last week.
At a press conference on Friday, Sanders supported Chief of Staff John Kelly and slammed the Florida representative. “As General Kelly pointed out, if you’re able to make a sacred act like honoring American heroes all about yourself, you’re an empty barrel,” she said. “If you don’t understand that reference, I’ll put it a little more simply: as we say in the South, ‘all hat, no cattle.”
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Kelly criticized Wilson for revealing the details of a phone call between President Donald Trump and the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, who was recently killed in Niger. He lashed out at her for using the phone call to launch a political attack.
While giving the briefing, Kelly referred to Wilson as an “empty barrel” who makes “the most noise” because of a speech she gave in 2015 at a ceremony for a new FBI building dedicated to FBI agents who were killed on the job. A video of Wilson’s speech was released that showed that she did not boast of obtaining funding, as many thought — but discussing her role in helping the project come to fruition.
When a reporter asked Sanders whether General Kelly stood by his comments, she said “General Kelly said he was stunned that Representative Wilson would make comments at a building dedication honoring slain FBI agents about her own actions in Congress, including lobbying former President Obama on legislation.”
Wilson was not a congresswoman at the time, but she did contact members of government in relation to the project. One reporter stated that Wilson “effusively praised” the FBI agents in the “bulk of the speech.” Sanders responded by saying that she also saw the speech and didn’t believe that it disproves Kelly’s comments. “[Wilson] also had quite a few comments that day that weren’t part of that speech and weren’t part of that video that were also witnessed by many people that were there,” she said.
Sanders claimed that the representative was grandstanding during her speech in an effort to make herself look better. “There was a lot of grandstanding; he was stunned that she had taken that opportunity to make it about herself,” Sanders said.
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Sanders did not say who the other people who witnessed Wilson’s comments outside of the video were. While Kelly’s exact recollection of the event might not have been accurate, the representative was using her speech for her own self-aggrandizement.
It is interesting to note that the media focused only Kelly’s claims, but not on the fact that Wilson blatantly used the phone call between the president and a grieving widow of a fallen soldier for her own self-promotion. Kelly was right about one thing: Representative Wilson behaves as an empty barrel that makes a lot of noise.