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Monday, March 25, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told CNN’s Don Lemon that President Donald Trump made a horrifying remark to the widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson, who lost his life in Niger.

“Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,'” Wilson recounted.

She was present for that portion of the call, which occurred on speakerphone in a vehicle she was sharing with Johnson’s family. Trump made the disgusting remark to Wilson shortly before she received her husband’s casket.

“This is a young, young woman, who has two children, who is six months pregnant with a third child,” Wilson added. “She has just lost her husband. She was just told that he cannot have an open casket funeral, which gives her all kinds of nightmares how his body must look, how his face must look. And this is what the president of the United States says to her?”

Wilson explained that she asked for the phone during the call, because she was going to “curse him out.”

“I was livid. But they would not give me the phone,” she said.

Watch the segment below.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.


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16 responses to “Trump Sinks To New Low In Call To Grieving Widow Of Fallen Soldier”

  1. bobnstuff says:

    Money doesn’t by class, manners or brains.

    • dpaano says:

      Apparently, you’re correct….even “General” Kelly has no class, manners, or brains. He may be a good military leader, but he certainly isn’t a good leader when it comes to dealing with Trump!

  2. Trump has no fear of what his fate might be after he departs this world. He has bamboozled millions of those who call themselves Christians by making some dubious claim to be Christian. Yet time and again he relishes the thought of being anti-Christian with abhorrent comments like his most recent degenerate comment he made to the widow of a fallen soldier in the line of duty in service to his country—a duty Trump, his father, and grandfather showed abject cowardice when faced with the call to duty.
    Donald thus far in life shows no dread or fear of behaving in a satanic manner knowing full well that his actions have no connection with what God expects of him.
    This lack of fear of repudiating God is shared by Congress, the judicial system, Trump supporters, Putin and his trolls—in fact, a huge segment of Americans show little concern for whether their actions meet the approval of God or not.
    It’s as though they all have decided on determining that each is her/his own god, and thatTrump is the main “god”.

  3. ps0rjl says:

    Everybody knows that when you join the military it may cost you your life. Trump saying that to the slain soldier’s family though disrespects his sacrifice and shows Trumps knows nothing about the military. The man is a fool and as such shows why most Americans no longer have any respect for him.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Unfortunately, an amazing and appalling number of Americans retain respect and enthusiam for the man, and many of those who now say they have doubts are grudging and reluctant in criticizing him, and usually do so for the wrong reasons. Terrible as his disrespect for the people who make up the military he claims to love and for their families is, it is but a symptom, and pales before his intention to actually physically and financially harm millions through his political agenda. Unfortunately, many more in the military might well continue to respect him if he stuck to harming millions (including pointless waste of miltary lives on trivial and often unjust and illegal missions as past presidents – e.g., Bush – have done) but was more adept at simulating genuine concern and compassion. Painful as his insults to dead military personnel and their families may be, we should be grateful that he can’t even win over those who all too often seem to support politicians who throw their lives away and despise those who don’t.

  4. dpaano says:

    Let’s face it, he’s the lowest of the low! He’s Satan personified!

    • He certainly is doing his best to project many of the worst qualities humans are capable of showing. This is the result of an absence of “angelic” qualities.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      You’re being most unkind and unfair to Satan ! :>)

      • dpaano says:

        You’re probably right….I was watching a program this past week-end that was saying that Satan may have actually been a good guy in some cases…, maybe I better not be so unfair to him. Actually, 45 is the worse of the worse when it comes to individuals!

        • Sand_Cat says:

          I was actually making a joke, though I do find it hard to imagine a worse president than Trump, and – side from real violent criminals – a worse excuse for a human being, though give him time.
          You don’t happen to remember the program, do you? Sounds interesting.

          • dpaano says:

            I can’t remember…it was either a documentary on TV or it may have been an article in The Week magazine (if so, I’ll see if I can locate it and maybe I can send it to you. It was quite an interesting concept.

  5. As Trump’s latest example of boorish uncivilized manners sink in in this latest attack of his on the families and individuals who’ve suffered tragedies, we should examine in depth the cause of this impulse of Trump to demean, dehumanize, and berate others like the bully he has been conditioned by his father to become.

    It starts with a father—and perhaps further back—who lacked a sense of connection with any Religion. Then we look further and we note that the church which had a lot of influence on how Donald would view the world had itself become corrupted thoroughly.
    A certain Norman Vincent Peale, a so-called preacher who preached a gospel of “Get As Much As You Can in Life”, would distort the Message of Jesus, by using Religion as a means of promoting the self. Trump has learned this self-centered distortion all too well.

    Now consider a talk given by Abdu’l Baha on the purpose of Religion and the distortion of such by a generality of the Christian Community:

    The divine prophets have revealed and founded religion. They have laid down certain laws and heavenly principles for the guidance of mankind. They have taught and promulgated the knowledge of God, established praiseworthy ethical ideals and inculcated the highest standards of virtue in the human world. Gradually these heavenly teachings and foundations of reality have been beclouded by human interpretations and dogmatic imitations of ancestral beliefs. The essential realities which the prophets labored so hard to establish in human hearts and minds while undergoing ordeals and suffering tortures of persecution, have now well nigh vanished. Some of these heavenly messengers have been killed, some imprisoned; all of them despised and rejected while proclaiming the reality of divinity. Soon after their departure from this world, the essential truth of their teachings was lost sight of and dogmatic imitations adhered to. …It is evident therefore that this condition will not be remedied without a re-formation in the world of religion. In other words the fundamental reality of the divine religions must be renewed, reformed, revoiced to mankind.

    From the seed of reality, religion has grown into a tree which has put forth leaves and branches, blossoms and fruit. After a time this tree has fallen into a condition of decay. The leaves and blossoms have withered and perished; the tree has become stricken and fruitless. It is not reasonable that man should hold to the old tree, claiming that its life forces are undiminished, its fruit unequalled, its existence eternal. The seed of reality must be sown again in human hearts in order that a new tree may grow therefrom and new divine fruits refresh the world”. – Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, pp. 82-83.

    Clearly, from the insights in this talk alone delivered in 1912, we see the effects a vapid and warped rendering of the original Message of Jesus has given rise to such as Trump, Bannon, White Nationalists, the Alt-Right, etc.

  6. I’m wondering out loud, “Where are the Benghazi extremist fanatics in the GOP who wouldn’t let a day go by without fomenting at the mouth?”.

    The silence in the wake of Trump and his Administration regarding events in Niger is deafening. The hypocrisy so often presented by that wing of US politics called the Right Wing is beyond reprehension.

    If the Right Wing truly feels it is “The Moral Majority” or have any lingering sense of affinity for Jesus remaining, they had better demonstrate this, or else have to face the prospect of being branded as some sort of apostates who’ve turned away from Christianity in order to embrace a false gospel called “Conservatism”.

    When will the Right Wing learn that you can’t worship Materialism, Conservatism, and God at the same time? It’s Him, OR it’s the others.

    Dear Conservatives and Evangelicals who deem yourselves Christian—Which choice will you make? To help you decide, perhaps this aphorism by Baha’u’llah will assist you in determining the right answer:

    “O SON OF EARTH! Wouldst thou have Me, seek none other than Me; and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty, close thine eyes to the world and all that is therein; for My will and the will of another than Me, even as fire and water, cannot dwell together in one heart.”

    And to “kep”, Putin, “William Smith”, Bannon, and other confused individuals, I’d like to hear how each of you would choose as well.

    • Beethoven says:

      You’re wasting your time telling these people to read even your brief quote from Baha’u’llah, much less any more of his work, or for that matter the Bible. If you could get them to read it, they would have at best a very vague understanding of what it meant. Most of these people believe the King James version of the Bible is the only one to trust, and they can’t understand 98 percent of it, even though they claim they can. Most of these people have difficulty reading with understanding a text that is intended to be 8th grade level.

      • Sand_Cat says:

        Many of them seem to think the King James Version is the original text.

        • Beethoven says:

          Amen to that! I had the advantage of a good education: one of my favorite college professors, who taught classes in the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, was able to read the New Testament in its original koine Greek, as well as being able to read Plato and Aristotle in their original classical Greek. I now have a good friend, a rabbi with a Ph.D. in political science, who can read the Jewish Bible (the Christian Old Testament) in the original Hebrew.

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