Donald Trump has said a lot of truly horrible things. Just when you think you've heard the worst comment a U.S. president could ever make, he manages to exceed expectations and say something even more awful. The horrifying comments he made to a grieving widow yesterday are sure to break your heart.
Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four soldiers killed in an ambush that took place in Niger on October 4.
USASOC identifies fourth soldier killed in Niger. Sgt. La David Johnson of Miami Gardens, Florida. #abc11 https://t.co/G3JXEobU8k— Morgan Norwood FOX 46 (@Morgan Norwood FOX 46)1507398265.0
Yesterday, Johnson's family gathered at Miami International Airport to receive his remains. While the family was waiting at the airport, they received a phone call from the president. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson accompanied Johnson's widow and claims to have overheard part of the president's call. Here she is talking about what Donald Trump said:
.@RepWilson, who rode w/ Sgt. Johnson's widow, said she heard part of call w/ Pres. Trump; "He must've known what h… https://t.co/KHD87fZfjq— Michael Spears (@Michael Spears)1508283857.0
It's impossible to imagine a scenario in which Trump's comments would have been appropriate. There seems to be no limit to just how completely he can miss the point of any given situation.
This woman is pregnant. She has 2 kids & she just lost her husband. POTUS told her he knew what he signed up for https://t.co/08ExED8jU8— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1508291772.0
This morning, when Trump found himself (yet again) in hot water for the asinine comments he'd made, he tweeted that Congresswoman Wilson was lying:He even claims to have proof that he never told Sgt. Johnson's widow that her husband knew what he signed up for.
But he doesn't have proof.All he has is the complete inability to filter his thoughts and a position of power that gives him opportunities to hurt people with those thoughts. A veteran named Brandon Friedman took to Twitter to explain that, in fact, Johnson did not sign up to die. His thread (included in its entirety in the following pages) is incredibly informational and moving:
"Let's talk for a minute about 'he knew what he signed up for,'" Friedman began.
2. There's often a misconception among non-veterans that service members sign up with the expectation that they may die.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297354.0
4. Take the numbers: Since 9/11, roughly 1 out of every 5,000 troops to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan died there.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297464.0
6. But when things *do* get dicey, troops expect leaders (at every level) to do everything in their power to keep death from happening.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297574.0
8. Instead, DoD designed MRAPs. It was a concerted effort to keep more people from getting killed unnecessarily.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297684.0
10. Today we say, "I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy."— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297773.0
12. After a KIA, no one in the military ever, EVER, says "he knew what he signed up for." Instead they reflect.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297879.0
14. So when we have a Commander in Chief respond to a combat death with, "he knew what he signed up for," it tells us a few things.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508297973.0
16. More importantly, it sends this message to troops: If you're looking for support from the White House, you know what you signed up for.— Brandon Friedman (@Brandon Friedman)1508298118.0