Donald Trump Calls Widow Of Fallen Soldier A Liar

It’s now day 8 of Donald Trump disrespecting a Gold Star family once again.

Myeshia Johnson spoke to Good Morning America about the now infamous phone call from Donald Trump regarding her husband’s death that Johnson says was insensitive and hurtful.

Myeshia’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in action in Niger on October 4 of this year.

Here’s part of Johnson’s interview today.

Of course, rather than let this all go and be presidential, Trump had to fire back via Twitter this morning basically calling Johnson’s widow a liar.

Other folks on Twitter had some thoughts on the issue as well:

Tweet Of The Day: Cory Provost

New York City Council candidate Cory Provost notes the sad truth that Donald Trump, who professes to hold our military service members in the highest regard, was playing golf when Sgt. La David Johnson’s body was returned to the U.S. and when he was laid to rest.

Trump Denies Telling Grieving Widow “He Knew What He Was Signing Up For”

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Repeating her allegation that Donald Trump told a grieving military widow that “he knew what he was signing up for,” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told the Washington Post today there were other witnesses in the car that overheard the comment.

The widow was Myeshia Johnson, whose husband Sgt. La David T. Johnson was gunned down along with three other soldiers in Niger on October 4.

Last night the news broke that Trump had told Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.” This was according to Wilson, who late yesterday told The Post that she had overheard the call on a speakerphone while riding in a limousine with Johnson when Trump called, and that this exchange made the widow cry. This is what Trump claims was “fabricated,” which now has reporters speculating that Trump may have a recording or an official transcript.

But Wilson said in our interview she is sticking by the story, and she asserted that there were other witnesses in the car, including the driver and the aunt and uncle of the deceased soldier. “I was not the only one in the car,” she said.

“Mr. Trump is crazy,” Wilson told me. “He’s a liar. He’s proven to be a liar.” She said she was more “concerned about the circumstances around his death” than about what Trump said.

When I pressed Wilson on whether she was sticking by her account that she heard Trump say, “he knew what he was signing up for,” she said “yes.”

When I reiterated that Trump claims to have proof otherwise, she said, “How about you go get that proof and call me back?”

Trump disputed the allegation:

Today, the mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, corroborated Congresswoman Wilson’s account confirming she was present for the call.

“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.

Trump recently alleged that while he has called “every” fallen soldier during his presidency, President Obama and other past presidents didn’t make the same efforts.

The Associated Press reports they have found two military families who say they never heard from Trump after their family member died serving the country. The mother of Army Spec. Etienne Moore, 22, said she received neither a call nor a letter from the president.

Donald Trump Politicizes Military Death Of His Chief Of Staff’s Son

Donald Trump doubled down on his completely false accusation that President Obama ignored the families of fallen military service members today by politicizing the death of Chief of Staff John Kelly’s son who was killed in action in 2010.

“You could ask General Kelly if he got a call from Obama,” Trump said.

While it’s not clear that President Obama called Kelly by phone to offer condolences, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reports the retired general and his wife joined first lady Michelle Obama at her table during a White House breakfast for Gold Star families in 2011.

For the most part, Kelly has kept the loss and his grief private.

From Raw Story:

Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed at age 29 while leading a platoon in Afghanistan in November 2010, and his father delivered a speech four days later about military sacrifices and the troops’ growing isolation from society.

His father has largely avoided speaking publicly about his family’s loss since then, and asked the Marine Corps officer who introduced him ahead of that impassioned speech not to mention his son.

“We are only one of 5,500 American families who have suffered the loss of a child in this war,” Kelly told the Washington Post six years ago. “The death of my boy simply cannot be made to seem any more tragic than the others.”

For Trump to bring up such an intensely private matter for his Chief of Staff to try and score political points against Obama is beyond the pale.

Trump Lies Claiming Obama “Didn’t Make Calls” To Families Of Fallen Soldiers

Speaking at a press briefing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden at the White House today, Donald Trump outrageously claimed that Barack Obama and other presidents didn’t contact the families of fallen soldiers in the past.

Trump was answering a question as to why he hadn’t addressed the deaths of 3 Green Berets in Niger on October 4.

From CNN:

“I felt very, very badly about that,” Trump said during a press availability in the Rose Garden. “I always feel badly. It is the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed.”

Trump claimed that past presidents — including Barack Obama — hadn’t written or called the families of slain service members, though Obama spoke publicly during his term about his many interactions with the families of Americans killed in action.

Later, Trump backtracked on the claim slightly, saying “I was told that he didn’t often.”

Trump’s comments today are his first since the Green Berets died on October 4. Many have wondered why the long silence from a president who is never far from his Twitter feed.

Watch Trump’s comments below.

Paul Ryan Weighs In On Donald Trump Insults To Family Of Fallen U.S. Soldier

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Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R) issued this statement regarding the current insults by Donald Trump on the family of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan

“America’s greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and woman who wear the uniform to defend it. As I have siad on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it. Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice – and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan – should be honored. Period.”

Mother Of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier Has Plenty To Say To Trump

On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared in honor of their son, Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier in the U.S. Army who died in the line of duty in 2004 saving the lives of his men.

The 27-year-old was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

In responding to the Khans, GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But a plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say.”

It turns out Ghazala Khan has plenty to say.

The mother of Captain Khan penned an essay for the Washington Post in an effort to share her thoughts.

Here’s an excerpt:

Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.

Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.

[snip]

Humayun is my middle son, and the others are doing so well, but every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time. Every day, whenever I pray, I have to pray for him, and I cry. The place that emptied will always be empty.

I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.

When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.

Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.

Parents Of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier Respond To Donald Trump’s Insults

In the aftermath of the devastating appearance and speech by the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier at the Democratic National Convention, Donald Trump went on the attack saying the parents were being “used” by the DNC, that perhaps the father, Khizr Khan, didn’t actually write his speech (that’s rich considering the Melania Trump plagiarism debacle) and that Ghazala Khan wasn’t allowed to speak because Muslim families don’t allow women to speak, or some such nonsense.

Ghazala Khan had this to say about her appearance at the DNC and why she didn’t choose to speak:

Humayun is my middle son, and the others are doing so well, but every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time. Every day, whenever I pray, I have to pray for him, and I cry. The place that emptied will always be empty.

I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.

The Khans spoke to Lawrence O’Donnell about the speech, Trump’s reactions and what they think this all means to the country.