When it comes to the controversy over whether or not Donald Trump told the widow of fallen American hero Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it hurts anyway,” there are really only two “sides” you can be on. Either you:
- Believe Johnson’s widow and mother when they claim Trump did, in fact, say Sgt. Johnson “knew what he signed up for,” while also apparently not knowing his name, which both women took as a huge sign of disrespect toward their fallen loved one. — or —
- Believe Trump when he denied saying that, insisting Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) “fabricated” what he said — which also means he’s accusing Johnson’s widow and mother of lying, too.
There’s no middle ground here. It’s either one or the other.
And, no, I don’t want to hear anyone say (because I’ve already seen this from some Trump supporters), “If he did say that, he clearly didn’t mean any disrespect by it.”
If that’s your argument, then why did he publicly call out Rep. Wilson on Twitter? Why did he say he had “proof” (without ever providing that evidence) that he didn’t make that comment? Why did he say she “fabricated” what he said if he actually did say those words — but didn’t mean any disrespect by them?
The truth is, this all goes back to Trump’s inability to admit that he did anything wrong or apologize for anything. Instead of simply admitting that he made this comment and apologizing to the family, explaining that he meant no disrespect by his words, he did what he always does — he accused those who are telling the truth about him of being “liars spreading fake news.” Only this time, it wasn’t just a random news network or member of Congress he accused of lying, it’s the widow and mother of a soldier who just died in combat.
So much of this is appalling.
For starters, the fact that he apparently called Ms. Johnson without even knowing the name of her husband who had just been killed in combat is inexcusable. How do you call the widow of a soldier who just died without even knowing his name? That’s the equivalent writing “To Whom It May Concern” at the opening of your letter to the family of a fallen soldier. The fact that Trump didn’t even care enough to know Sgt. La David Johnson’s name before making this call is proof that he couldn’t have cared less that he died for this country.
After all, in Trump’s mind, “he knew what he signed up for,” right?
Then it’s the fact that he actually said this. It would be like telling a child who had just lost both parents in a terrible car accident, “I’m sorry for your loss, but when you take the risk of driving, you sign up for the possibility of dying in an accident. I guess it still hurts anyway though”
No mentally sound or decent human being would ever say something like that to grieving family members.
Yes, every individual who joins the military realizes that they’re literally agreeing to put their life on the line for their country. Yes, they understand that as a member of the United States military, dying in combat is always a possibility.
But you don’t f*cking say that to the family of a fallen soldier!
There’s absolutely no defense for any of this.
Not only are Trump’s words to this family offensive, but the fact that he denied saying them, while accusing a congresswoman of “fabricating” the story and effectively calling Sgt. Johnson’s widow and mother liars, is inexcusable.
This is another example in an ever-growing list of them where Donald Trump’s proven that he has absolutely no respect for our military, our veterans, or their families.