Trump Continues Lies About Gold Star Family Call

The HuffPost reports:

President Donald Trump resorted to name-calling in a tweet late Thursday, blasting a congresswoman as “wacky” for criticizing his condolence call to the widow of a Florida soldier slain in Niger.

Wilson, who has known the soldier’s family for years, was traveling in a car this week with pregnant widow Myeshia Johnson when Trump’s call came in offering his condolences for the Oct. 4 death of Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Trump insisted that Wilson “totally fabricated” the account, and that he had “proof.” Statements defending the president’s handling of the call by White House chief of staff John Kelly and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Thursday didn’t challenge Wilson’s account of what Trump said.

  • netxtown

    ahhhh! presidential name calling. it’s so refreshing! /SNARK

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Shiny Object!

  • Ander

    Let me put it this way: Donald Trump’s “spirit animal” is a rabid badger. He’s like Jim Jones without the self-awareness, Mengele without the intellect, Caligula without the humor. Next to Trump, Mussolini was a shy adolescent. His core base is composed of leering cannibalistic sycophants, and when Trump does, in fact, shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, he’ll be using a cartridge which they have provided.

    • Frostbite

      One can only hope that the only one he injures is himself and not others.

      • Todd20036

        I wouldn’t shed a tear if most of his family went down with him

      • Tawreos

        You can’t really injure the president without harming the country in some way.

        • Todd20036

          This one time, you can. In fact, it would help the country if Trump and Pence “went away”.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Trump is an injury, and he’s harming your nation. As well as the rest of the world. 🙁

        • Frostbite

          Because him being in office is doing so much to heal the country right now?

      • Rambie

        I hope he hurts the rest of the Republicans, tear that party into factions as he stumbles to failure.

    • Todd20036

      More like a honey badger. He doesn’t give a shit.

    • Dazzer

      I think it’s more that a dead badger’s spirit animal is Donald Trump.

      He’s rotten and he stinks.

      • Todd20036

        And Trump wears it on his head.

      • Uncle Mark

        Will someone serve him his “wine” already?!!

      • JW Swift

        Certainly not any emotionally older…

    • Uncle Mark

      It looks like he wears his spirit animal on his head

    • yes b’y

      Caligula without the humour, LOL

  • Tawreos

    Some days I almost look forward to President Pence. I know he would be just as bad or worse for a lot of people, but at least we could knock it off with this kind of bullshit every damn day.

    • Ernest Endevor

      He’s already president and is already doing damage. I wonder if his title changed could he do worse?

      • Tawreos

        His actions would be under more scrutiny which might be helpful

    • paganguy

      I have not given up my dream that all of this could end with a President Hatch. (And I never thought I’d type that sentence, much less type it more than once and mean it.) Between the Russian scandals and the cover-ups, I’ve always thought that when they drag Trump off in an orange jumpsuit (OK, that part is wishful thinking), it is entirely possible that Pence and Ryan are taken along with him. There is no way they weren’t aware and haven’t actively engaged in covering things up.

      It might not happen, but I cling to anything that keeps me from running shrieking into the street, or hiding in the back of a dark room.

  • Michael R

    What happens when someone who is always wrong never admits it ?

    • Frostbite

      They get elected to president?

    • netxtown

      the world waits just past the finish line with buckets and buckets of tar, and a thousand feather pillows…

  • Todd20036

    So far, all of Trump’s underlings in the WH have been enablers. If they were truly patriotic, they’d start impeachment proceedings, or pressure Congresspeople to start proceedings.
    The only “good” Trump did was show up us libtards.
    The fact is that there hasn’t been a single non-made-up accomplishment that Trump can brag about.
    Which is why he STILL brings up the election and Obama and CLinton.

  • Leo

    #IBelieveFrederica is #1 on U.S. Twitter Trending right now. Eat SHIT Kelly.

    • Leo

      Edit: Twitter Deplorables are trying to twist it but Black Twitter is not having it. Twitter’s a hot mess right now. Point is, don’t fuck with Black Twitter.

    • Gustav2

      Rep Wilson told the Miami Herald that Kelly didn’t quite have his facts straight. She said that the money for the building had already been secured before she took office as a congresswoman, and that she only worked to name the building after the FBI agents.

      “He shouldn’t be able to just say that, that is terrible,” Wilson told the Miami Herald. “This has become totally personal.”

      http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article179869321.html

      • JW Swift

        Good to know. From the news report this morning, it had sounded like Kelly has held a grudge against her for years because of her comments at that building dedication ceremony, since he felt her comments were so self-serving and inappropriate. Now it sounds like he may have interpreted her comments wrong, and may have been holding a grudge for nothing.

  • Gustav2

    “Lost in the storm and anguish over John Kelly’s attacks today was a sobering reality. The ideological and rhetorical spine of his remarks was a paean to MAGA. The old days were good. We had real religion. Things were right with women. There was no abortion. Honor was sacred and respected. Now it’s all crap because of people like Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D), a showboater from Florida who transgressed our last sacred space.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/general-kellys-paean-to-maga

    The rest is a good read.

    • romanhans

      This would actually be funny if it wasn’t so sad: Kelly saying women used to be held sacred and weren’t bitches like that black congresswoman now.

    • OdieDenCO

      kelly is suffering from chronic old people disease. major symptom is the belief that everything was perfect in the past.

      • Gustav2

        …and White.

        • Bad Tom

          Being a retired General, it was pretty good for him.
          ——-
          Oh, I know, generals do work hard. But, they also get to be the boss of everyone, that that colors their attitude.

      • JCF

        Especially endemic among those straight, white, male and Christianist.

  • paganguy

    When you’re in a hole, dig deeper. When you’re caught in a lie, lie more.

  • Sam_Handwich

    they don’t call him Fuckface von Clownstick for nothin’

  • lymis

    Let’s start here (purely for the sake of argument) with agreeing that, even if nobody else does, TRUMP thinks he’s the greatest person in the world.

    Let’s ignore here (again, purely for the sake of argument), the fact that this call was made to a grieving widow on the way to meet her dead husband’s body.

    Let’s just talk about getting a call from a celebrity. If you’re in a group with family and friends, and you get a call from someone extremely famous, why in the world WOULDN’T you put it on speaker for everyone to hear? Even if you thought that you’d just gotten a call from the most amazing “I can’t believe he’d call me!” person in the world, you’d share that. And certainly, if you thought you’d gotten a call from someone who might say something off or hurtful, you’d definitely do that.

    So this idea, coming from Trump that it’s somehow illegitimate for Mrs. Johnson to have put him on speaker is insane.

    If he’d been able to say something touching and compassionate and memorable, he’s WANT as many people as possible to have heard it to vouch for how amazing he was.

    • Talisman

      As Kellyanne once said, she should be listening to what’s in his heart and not his actual words.

      • EdA

        Umm, sadly she did. Don’t forget, this is a creature whose response to hearing that 17 sailors aboard the USS McCain were injured or missing in the collision responded, “Too bad.”

      • Uncle Mark

        Great, will the Fucking Moron’s heart pay for the rising health insurance premiums too? On the otherhand, let’s pull out his heart, so we can hear what it has to say

        • David Walker

          “Lub-DUB” is a bigly eloquent statement. Believe me. No, really. “Lub-DUB” really says it all, really shows you where my big heart…big, just like my hands that are too big for latex gloves…is coming from. It takes a man with a big heart to take charge of something like [affects weird accent] Puerto Rico [returns to whiny voice] and bring it back to life. And what do I get for my hard work and sacrifices? Bitching from some ungrateful bitch who thinks she’s a leader but is just some dumb bitch. Have you noticed that women who aren’t white can be total bitches? None of them are 10s or even 8s. That’s why I never make a play for them. I mean, why? Anyway, I talked to the president of the Virgin Islands and he thinks I did a great job reviving his country, and it’s surrounded by just as much water…big water…as [fakes accent and does finger quotes] Puerto Rico [drops accent]. That’s because the president of the Virgin Islands knows how to run things. What? Don’t contradict me.

      • Bad Tom

        That’s an empty, black pit pulsing with vapors of greed, hate, and resentment.

    • Gustav2

      Trump and Kelly are still in the 1960’s, speaker phones were not even on land line phones.

    • KarenAtFOH

      I read an account saying a master sergeant had the phone and he put it on speaker.

    • Uncle Mark

      Let’s also not forget she was in her car, and many cars have a Bluetooth app that automatically broadcast the call through the car’s speaker system; it’s a hands-free option, and essential in states where it’s illegal to be using a cell phone, while driving (with hands-free options being the exception.)

  • zhera

    The disrespect this assbag has for women and POC is beyond belief. Name-calling, lies, just to avoid admitting the truth: Donnie fucked up.

    A person with just a hint of decency would at least pretend to be humble and apologetic when he learns that he has upset a grieving widow. but Donnie has to WIN everything.

  • Tawreos

    How many times is he going to imply that he has proof regarding private conversations before Mueller subpoenas that proof?

  • Talisman

    Saw a snippet of Kelly’s speech this morning. He actually said that the President’s call to the widow is a “sacred call” and that by disclosing the details of it, Wilson was disrespectful.

    Seriously?

    • Rex

      There is nothing sacred in the Trump white house, nothing whatsoever.

      • Tawreos

        Dog whistle to the evangelicals to make sure they continue to back Trump

    • ByronK

      And women were once sacred. Now they’re just empty barrels.

    • TexasBoy

      I had no idea phone calls from the President were a religious experience.

      • ByronK

        Apart from seeing the name on call display and muttering, “Oh, Jesus Christ, God help me if it’s him again.”

    • Karl Dubhe

      I think Kelly is one of those officers who would be happy to impose a theocracy. As long as the theocracy has his religion as it’s model.

      He’s as evil as Trump, just not quite as openly insane.

      • Bad Tom

        In his heart he knows he’s right, because God and America.
        He’s used to being a Marine General. He barks, you obey.
        Trump tried. Can Kelly help it if Trump is unfit?

        Kelly has some agency here. He doesn’t have to lie in his own turn.

    • Steverino

      This is right out of the fascist propaganda playbook: distort the truth into a lie, demonize the truth-tellers, and repeat the lie over and over and over. And never back down from the lie: double-down on it.

    • JCF

      It’s he doesn’t understand that Wilson heard it, because she was in the car the family. Because SHE was explicitly invited to be there, BY the family. Because SHE is a family friend. Who the fuck are you to Johnson family, Kelly? [Oh look, a white-man-splaining ASSHOLE, that’s who.]

  • Rex

    What’s really sad in all of this is there are those that voted for Trump that are still proud of their vote.

  • Joe
  • TexasBoy

    Trump, if you wanted the call to be secret, you should’ve asked who was with her in the car. Seriously, you didn’t expect her to use the speakerphone or Bluetooth it into the car speaker system? Is it OK if the Mom heard it? And don’t forget, Kelly said you said it.

  • Daveed_WOW

    He’s very invested in this red meat story….I wonder what is coming in the Friday news dump.

    • pj

      fasten your seatbelts.

      • Daveed_WOW

        I’m kind of fascinated watching 47% of Americans defend him and stand by him as he insults everyone but himself and a few other old white men. Oh wait. I think maybe 47% of Americans are old white men. Or at least it feels that way.

        • RoFaWh

          Be careful there, Daveed. Not all old white men support the liar in chief.

          • Daveed_WOW

            I said it feels that way. I’m beyond worrying about what I say.

  • SoCalGal20

    And Kelly. Don’t forget Gen. Kelly. He and Trump have ganged up and lied about Rep. Frederica Wilson and why she was present.

  • SoCalGal20

    I’m going to be giving a donation to Rep. Wilson today! 😀

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Please consider the Democrat running against Roy Moore in Alabama.

      https://dougjonesforsenate.com

      Thank you.

      • SoCalGal20

        Got it covered!

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    So basically Trump shit the bed, brought Kelly’s name into it and shit it again, and finally made Kelly go public with a gut-wrenching talk that only brought him shame and dishonor in trying to clean up the mess.

    And now Trump shit the bed again.

    • ByronK

      A very concise summary.

    • Uncle Mark

      Kelly was both sword & shield for the cowardly, ego-centric man-baby, who was too proud, indecent, and shameless to apologize. The solution to this shit show was so simple, but the Fucking Moron HAS TO WIN EVERYTHING…even when he’s wrong. God help us if that fucktard has to negotiate an international crisis.

      • Bad Tom

        Any international crisis, which Trump is trying his damndest to create.

    • JCF

      Um, Kelly added to the shit pile: that’s the bottom line.

  • TexasBoy

    If, as suggested by Gen. Kelly, that Kelly scripted the call, then both Trump and Kelly are idiots.

  • yes b’y
    • ByronK

      Good morning – my feelings exactly.

  • Joe in PA

    And how many times do we have to post this?

    http://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqpdjz5hmA1r0ftodo1_500.gif

  • JT

    This news update: The lying sack of shit in the Shite House continues to lie…

  • TampaZeke

    The very definitions of “pathological liar” AND “ego maniac”.

    • Uncool

      Sad reading all of the comments of an angry little person for almost 10 years.

  • BlindBill

    So something worse is about to hit the press and he is working hard to keep this the topic? ….or he is raging over a woman, a non-white woman at that, who dared to criticize him publicly….. Must be like the cleaning lady hanging his urine soaked sheets out to dry in a place where all his military school mates can see.

  • Bluto
    • pj

      he is a special kind of asshole.

      • Bad Tom

        The best asshole! Bigly asshole!
        Huuuuge!
        ——-
        But, we knew that.

  • Lawrence O’Donnell was right: All of this would have blown over if DT had just apologized right away. But…
    1) He is physically incapable of delivering even one of those “sorry you were offended” lame apologies, and
    2) If this dust-up blows over people will go back to asking him uncomfortable questions about Niger and what’s happening in that region.

  • Snarkaholic
    • Megrim Twist

      LOL, that’s Katya coming out of the dumpster.

  • BartmanLA

    Kelly being “stunned” because others were present when Trump called the widow show’s how cowed he truly is, his lame attempt to fall on his own sword just to get Trump out of hot water was pathetic and then to insinuate that Ms Wilson was intruding simply by being in the car with Sgt Johnson’s wife was not only insulting but didn’t even remotely address the fact that “supplying” Trump with the words he used was meant to shift the blame on him and give Trump a way out of this debacle. And then of course Trump just can’t let it go, much like a petty insecure child that he is. When will Congress do something, get the leaders in this administration to take action and remove this clear and present threat to this country soon!

    • JAKvirginia

      Right? Kelly “stunned” because others were present. “Driver! Pull over! We’ve got to get out! It’s THE PRESIDENT!!” It takes a warped mind to come up with reasoning like that.

    • lymis

      How DARE a pregnant widow driving to meet her dead husband’s body have anyone with her in the car? That would never have happened in Kelly’s day, you know, when bitches were sacred.

  • Ross

    Posted previously:

    I have been giving Kelly the benefit of the doubt that he a decent man trying hard to keep an indecent man from destroying America,

    Yesterday, I revise my opinion.

    Kelly is scum. His speech yesterday was appalling. Horrific. He and shithead deserve each other.

    Here is a MUST SEE video where Lawrence ripped Kelly to SHREDS!
    .https://youtu.be/Y6_p7hwUl3o

    • bzrd

      Thank you Ross for posting this. I have no TV so rely on those who post important items here on JMG. This was not to be missed.

    • David Walker

      Thanks, Ross. I just happened to be slow turning off Rachel last night, but “Empty Barrel” caught my eye and I thought I’d stay with it. I didn’t listen to Kelly’s Part 2, so I didn’t understand the connection. Go, Lawrence! Nor had I heard “empty barrel” used that way. Lawrence writes well and gets to the point; I just usually want to go on with projects after Rachel. I’m very glad I stayed with Lawrence last night, and I’m VERY glad you posted this.

  • Scoot

    Wait. If the phone call with the president was so wonderful and sacred, why does it have to be kept secret? Why is it wrong that it was on speakerphone if nothing inappropriate or blindingly stupid was said?

    • Bad Tom

      Consistency, logic, compassion, and rectitude are not part of Trump’s skill set.

  • M Jackson

    Wilson heard the call because Mrs. Johnson put it on speakerphone. There’s no such thing as ‘secretly hearing’ something. It wasn’t mentioned once in todays NYTimes.

  • Friday

    And *this* shitshow is just to cover up for the disastrous incompetence and failures that got those men killed in the first place.

  • The_Wretched

    I had this ‘sacred moment made public’ talking point recited at me today. It’s effectively covering up that Trump’s fail of a condolence.

  • JWC

    Kelly already said he said it so why keep denying He is mental

  • Bad Tom

    Kelly knew, or should have known, how Representative Wilson came to hear Trump’s condolence call. He then expected her to remain silent when the condolence call made Ms. Johnson burst into tears?

    Does he expect us to believe HE would have remained silent if some other President, of perhaps another party, had treated HIS son’s wife with similar cavalierness?

    Would he excuse such a President because he had tried, even if it seems he can’t even fake empathy?

    I don’t believe it.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • JAKvirginia

      But, but… you should respect Trump!
      — Vlad “The Bad” Putin

  • EqualityForAll
  • Professor Barnhardt

    My first thought was that she had borrowed the hat from him.

  • trouble94114

    Neither of these two men are fit to clean the restrooms at Sarah Huckleberry’s Waffle house, much less serve as representatives of the United States of America.

    Until I heard all of General Kelly’s comments, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’d unfortunately not been quite sensitive enough give DJT a more befitting script for the call itself. After hearing his comments at the press conference, well, I hope to high heaven that he really is still there trying to do his deal level best not to let the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast, but the world to kingdom come, because, beyond that, he’s not worth a half a glass of warm spit.