President Trump responds to my conversation with Sgt. LaDavid Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, this morning on @GMA pic.twitter.com/zEsMWzHaTt
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) October 23, 2017
Johnson told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump seemed to forget her husband’s name on the call and told her that her husband knew what he was signing up for, as Wilson told the press last week. “The President said that he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyway,” Myeshia Johnson told “Good Morning America.” “It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it.”
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” she continued, adding that Trump only remembered Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s name because he had his report in front of him. “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name,” she said. “And that was hurting me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? And that’s what made me upset and cry even more.”
You'll never guess what happened next. The classiest president we've ever had—our most presidential president of all presidents except maybe Lincoln—immediately took to Twitter and called La David Johnson's pregnant widow a liar.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
This is, of course, totally presidential behavior according Kellyanne Conway. Attacking the widow of a fallen soldier? If the president does it, that's presidential. Colluding with hostile foreign powers? Staring directly into the sun during an eclipse? Repeatedly wandering out of the room before signing things at signing ceremonies? Perving on your own daughter? Trump is defining presidential down.
Trump's supporters are attacking Johnson because of course they are. They're accusing her of lying—and, really, who are you going to believe? A man who has attacked Gold Star families before, a man who can lie and sneeze at the same time—we're up to 1300 false or misleading statements since he was sworn in (why isn't the NYT updating this list?—or a woman who just lost her husband and the father of her children? Trump and his supporters would have us believe that Johnson, while on her way to retrieve her husband's remains, set aside her grief and focused instead on conspiring to make Trump look bad. As if that was something Trump ever needed anyone's help with.
As for this asshole:
Trump never attacked her.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 23, 2017
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
What a fucking asshole that asshole is. Jesus Fucking Christ.
It’s long been an open secret that George W. Bush has little regard for Donald Trump. It’s hard to blame our previous Republican president for that stance, as our current Republican president hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory over the course of his brief political career. Nevertheless, after Bush gave an address in New York City that’s been widely interpreted as a rebuke to Trump’s distinctive brand of nationalism, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, for the simple reason that had there been no Bush, there’d be no Trump.
And as for this...
I'm thinking black + woman pushes more of Trump's buttons than Democrat + cowboy hat.