Monday, October 23, 2017 by JD Heyes
Under Barack Obama, the Democratic Party shifted so far to the Left that it alienated the vast majority of Americans as evidenced by the loss of more than a thousand local, state and federal elected office seats and governorships around the country.
Things have only gotten worse as we have entered the era of President Donald J. Trump. Now members of the party are so filled with hate for this president they’re losing their minds, as evidenced by the kinds of battles they pick with the current leader of the free world.
Take the brouhaha that developed last week between Trump, a Gold Star family, and a loud-mouthed, cowboy hat-wearing Democrat from Florida who, before now, few people had ever heard of: Rep. Frederica Wilson.
Trump called the family to give them his condolences over the loss of their son and husband, Army Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed by ISIS-aligned fighters while on patrol in Niger. Wilson, who was inappropriately listening in on the call, decided that Trump’s condolences were “insensitive” to the family, which she then turned into a personal, yet familiar, attack on his alleged unfitness for office.
Speaking to CNN, which of course gladly gave her a forum because she was criticizing Trump, she claimed Trump told the family that Sgt. Johnson, “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt” upon hearing about him being killed in action.
Trump immediately denied that. “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said. Didn’t say it at all,” Trump told reporters during a meeting on tax reform in the Cabinet Room. “She knows it. And she now is not saying it. I did not say what she said.”
He also said he had a “very nice” conversation with Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, “who sounded like a lovely woman.” For her part, Myeshia said that Wilson’s account of the phone call was “very accurate” — though that says nothing about the context of the president’s comments.
Which, by the way, is extremely important. As Gold Star father Craig Gross, whose son was Cpl. Frank Robert Gross, told CNN: Trump’s “words are basically being taken and misconstrued.”
“President Trump is doing a lot of good things as far as Gold Star families are concerned,” Gross said. “I believe that if you interviewed him personally, one on one, you would find that he is very, very empathetic and very compassionate, not only toward Gold Star families but also in regards to our active duty.” (Related: O’Reilly on the Trump phone call to soldier’s widow: ‘Whole thing looks like a set-up’.)
Wilson was also rebuked by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. “It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me,” said Kelly, adding that the death of someone serving their country in the military was sacred.
“I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die in the battlefield, I thought that might be sacred. And when I listened to this woman and what she was saying and what she was doing on TV, the only thing I could do to collect my thoughts was to go and walk among the finest men and women on this earth,” he said, adding that he went to Arlington National Cemetery. Kelly lost a son in Afghanistan in 2010.
But of course, Kelly’s rebuke was — wait for it — racist! At least, according to Wilson. During Kelly’s Thursday press conference, he used the term “empty barrel” to describe her.
“That’s a racist term, too. I’m thinking about that one. We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel,” said this brainless twit on CNN (where else?). “And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that.”
Groan. And this woman was elected to Congress.
Is it any wonder why the Legislative Branch’s approval rating is in the toilet?
The long and short of this is: Wilson is using the death of American servicemen and women as a political club with which to strike the president. I personally can’t think of anything lower than that.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.