No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The headline to this article is completely accurate. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh posted on Twitter Monday that Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in Niger earlier this month, is fair game to be “attacked” because, in his words, she made this “political.”
Here’s what he posted:
Trump never attacked her.
Yes, Myeshia Johnson has a right to speak. But now that she's gotten political, we have a right to attack her. https://t.co/ZWJfhKJG0Y
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 23, 2017
To be fair, technically, Trump hasn’t directly criticized or attacked Myeshia Johnson by name. However, he has spent much of the past week attacking and slandering Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) for simply telling the truth about telling Johnson’s widow “he knew what he signed up for” when he called.
While Trump hasn’t directly attacked Johnson, he has effectively called her and her mother, both of whom confirmed Wilson’s statement and have said they felt disrespected by his phone call, liars. Not only has he repeatedly insisted that the congresswoman was “fabricating” what he said, even though several days ago Johnson’s mother confirmed that Rep. Wilson’s account of what he said during his call was accurate, but on Monday after Myeshia Johnson told Good Morning America that Trump seemed to not even remember her husband’s name, he sent out a tweet denying her claims. For all intents and purposes, he’s called her a liar now multiple times.
Whether or not Trump meant any disrespect toward Sgt. Johnson’s widow or the rest of her family is irrelevant. What he feels about what he said to the family doesn’t matter. If they feel he was disrespectful, then he should have apologized for any disrespect they felt, agreed that telling them “he knew what he signed up for” was a poor choice of words, and clarified the respect he has for the sacrifice made by him and his family for his country.
That’s how normal, mentally sound people would have reacted!
Sadly, as we all know, Trump’s not normal or mentally sound, nor does he ever apologize or admit that he made a mistake.
But this is what it’s come down to for Republicans. It’s apparently now acceptable to verbally attack Gold Star families if they dare to tell the truth about this “president.” All Rep. Wilson and the Johnson family did was tell the truth about what Trump said and how it made them feel, even as he continues to accuse all of them of lying.
Did Rep. Wilson have some political motivation behind her rush to alert the media about his comments? Of course she did. I’m not naive nor am I going to deny the reality of politics simply because of the circumstances.
That doesn’t negate the reality that what she told the media about what Trump said to Sgt. Johnson’s family was “100 percent” true.
The only “politicizing” of this event comes from people like Trump and those trying to defend him who are either accusing the Johnson family of lying because they don’t want to believe he said such an awful comment, or they simply don’t care what he said to her because, well, they’re terrible people who voted for a man who mocked a man with disabilities, bragged about being a sexual predator, and belittled POWs.
We’re living in very sad times in this country. A former Republican congressmen, empowered by millions of people who’ve made it clear that there really isn’t a level to which they will not stoop to defend Trump, didn’t hesitate to say publicly that a pregnant widow who recently lost her husband just a couple of weeks ago fighting for this country is fair game to be “attacked” simply because the current “president” is a soulless bastard who disrespected the sacrifices made by him and his family.
Don’t criticize Trump for what he said, the fact he’s since tried to lie about Rep. Wilson since she told the truth about him, or the fact that he’s continued to disrespect Sgt. Johnson and his family by calling them liars — just attack her for telling the truth about him.
It’s absolutely disgusting.
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