Nothing seems to bring out the beastly side of people faster and harder than being involved in the realm of politics. Just scan through social media and read the comments on a recent news story to see just how nasty and mean folks can really be toward each other.
It’s sad that in a country where freedom of speech exists, we can’t sit down like a group of human beings and just debate our beliefs, respecting one another enough to hear, really hear, what the other person is saying. I’m just as guilty of this myself, much to my shame.
A perfect example of this in the realm of political service is Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson who stirred up controversy this week over President Trump’s call to a Gold Star widow.
Apparently Wilson is so proud of herself for this accomplishment she thinks she’s a rock star.
via The Daily Wire:
After White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly gave a deeply personal and emotionally-charged statement against the politicization of fallen soldiers and their grieving families, Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson laughed to reporters about her role in stirring up the controversy over President Trump’s painful call to a Gold Star widow.
“You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words,” Rep. Wilson laughingly told Miami 7 News on Thursday. “That’s amazing! This is amazing! That is absolutely phenomenal! I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now!”
Frederica Wilson's reaction to John Kelly’s briefing, “I’m a rock star now”. What a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/eIueGDSopw
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) October 20, 2017
What Wilson is so flippantly laughing off is a controversy she helped inflame when she accused President Trump of handling a call to the Gold Star widow of fallen soldier Army Sgt. La David Johnson in a supposedly callous manner. Along with the widow, Wilson, who says she was on the speaker phone when Trump called, accused Trump of saying callously that Sgt. Johnson “knew what he was getting into.”
In a briefing on Thursday, Gen. Kelly condemned the politicization of grieving Gold Star families and said he was “stunned and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing.” He also described what went on behind the scenes leading up to the call and explained how difficult those calls are to make.
Kelly said he advised Trump to say, “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war. And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends.”
Wilson, having enjoyed her fifteen minutes of fame, issued a statement saying she would not be commenting publicly about Trump’s phone call to Johnson:
“The congresswoman will not be making any further comment on the issue because the focus should be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, not on her or Donald Trump.”
This woman should be ashamed of herself for using a fallen soldier to get attention and then more or less brag about it later. It shows a complete and utter lack of respect for our men and women in the military.
Wilson, like many politicians on both sides of the aisle, is an opportunist who is looking for any reason she can find to get her name in lights, no matter how deplorable.
This is what politics in the 21st century does to a person it seems.