As Gen. Kelly was attacking Rep. Wilson and defending Trump's callous actions during his call to Sgt. Johnson's widow, he did admit, intentionally or not that Trump lied to the press repeatedly when he denied he never said the things Rep. Wilson said he said.
To catch you up, Rep. Wilson told MSNBC's Morning Joe crew, "She was crying the whole time and when she hung up the phone, she looked at me and said, 'He didn't even remember his name. That's the hurting part.' "
"He was almost like joking. He said, well, I guess you knew -- something to the fact that 'He knew what he was getting into when he signed up. But I guess it hurts anyway.'
After this came out, Trump immediately called her a liar via a tweet and said he had proof.
If you thought General Kelly was some kind of fine upstanding defender of the United States Constitution, this short video should disabuse you of that thought.
In this little speech following the one where he tells the moving story of his son's death and how they embalm and how they inter and how they notify and how it's really compassionate to tell grieving family members that their loved one knew what he was getting into and wanted to be in that place at that time more than anything else, Kelly forgets that elected officials are actually the representatives of the people as defined in the Constitution he claims to have defended.
In the process of telling this story, he twice describes Rep. Frederica Wilson as the "empty barrel making the most noise," as if elected officials exist to sit idly by and lick the boots of the President, like Kelly did today.
May I remind General Kelly that Representatives are elected to serve the people of their district, whether that means mentoring a young man into the Green Berets, comforting his grieving widow, or getting an FBI office built?
General John Kelly was dispatched to the White House Press Room today to clean up Trump's mess over on Aisle La David Johnson.
It was a stunning display of obsequious kowtowing to Herr Führer Trump by the General. Anyone who kids themselves into thinking that General Kelly is some kind of white knight out to save us from the totalitarian disaster occupying the White House needs to have their heads examined.
After running through what happens to a dead soldier in morbid detail, including how they are shrouded, embalmed and transported back to the United States, Kelly then explained how families are notified by casualty officers at first light.
"Who are these young men and women? They are the best 1% this country produces. Most of average Americans don't know them. Many don't know any who knows any one of them," he continued. "But they are the very best this country produces and volunteer to protect our country when there's nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate but required."
Oh please spare us the whole "this nation is not great" schtick.
He then went on to talk about how the only phone calls that are important come from the buddies of the fallen servicemen, and how his son's friends were calling from Afghanistan. Okay.
After acknowledging that the letters matter somewhat, Kelly got down to the business of cleaning up the mess.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump's treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, for using dubious economic projections to sell a tax cut plan that will largely benefit the wealthiest Americans.
"It certainly isn't a tax recipe focused on the middle class," Wyden explained in a speech on the Senate floor. "The treasury secretary doubled down on the failed experiment that tax cuts pay for themselves. Forget the history that says that isn't true. The Trump treasury secretary said that the tax cuts won't just pay for themselves, they'll raise an additional trillion dollars in revenue on top of their own costs."
"The fact is, Mr. President, there is no magical growth fairy, no unicorns, no kind of growth fairies that are going to somehow spring to life if this tax cut plan becomes law," the Oregon Democrat charged. "But our secretary, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, keeps going back to the unicorns, keeps going back to rainbow economics."
Wyden noted that Republican economists have admitted to the finance committee that tax cuts do not pay for themselves.
According to Wyden, Mnuchin is guilty of telling other "whoppers" to sell Trump's tax plan.
"Mnuchin said, 'It's very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy with tax cuts to the middle class," Wyden observed. "That is one stunner of a statement."
While meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló today, Trump issued himself and his administration a "10" when asked how his "administration: reacted to the Hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.
During a presser with Gov. Rosselló, a reporter asked, "Mr. President, between 1 and 10, how would you grade the White House response so far?"
Trump replied, "I'd say it was a 10. I'd say it was probably the most difficult -- when you talk about relief, when you talk about search, when you talk about all of the different levels and even when you talk about lives saved."
There's only grade Trump will ever give himself or his administration.
He continued, "You look at the number, I mean this was I think it was worse than Katrina."
Why does Trump have to even mention Hurricane Katrina? That wasn't the question at all, but Trump has to make everything he's involved in the biggest, baddest, bestest of all time.
It's always all about him.
He continued droning on and on about all the different things his incredible administration did for the suffering people in Puerto Rico and said again "I would give a 10."
"I think we did a fantastic job and we're being given credit."
As The Hill reported, "Rosselló declined to rate the federal relief efforts, even after Trump turned to him, touched his arm and asked "did we do a great job?" He repeatedly said that the White House has answered “all of our petitions.”
A gold star mother is confirming what Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told us yesterday -- that President Trump was disrespectful in a phone call to her daughter-in-law:
The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call.
Sgt. La David T. Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she was present during the call from the White House on Tuesday to Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson. Johnson's mother also stood by an account of the call from Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) that Trump told Johnson's widow that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.”
“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.
The president refuses to back down, as usual. Right-wing media figures, also as usual, are taking Trump's side:
Tucker Carlson was forced to issue a correction for promoting the conspiracy that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos had worked under “someone else's Social Security number.”
But at the same time he was theorizing on Campos, and with no proof, he promoted a conspiracy of his own: according to Tucker, MGM Resorts is controlling the media narrative by having Campos interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres.
After Campos cancelled an interview with Sean Hannity and went on with Ellen, Carlson interviewed Tammy Bruce and promoted a far-right troll's conspiracy theory about fake Social Security numbers.
Tucker played a clip of Ellen's interview on Wednesday's show, and lamented, "Is that really an interview? Turns out it could actually be a bizarre case of cross-marketing by MGM Resorts, owns the Mandalay Bay and sponsors the Ellen DeGeneres show. Huh!"
"Meanwhile, MGM reached out to us after a report came out suggesting that Jesus Campos was using someone else's Social Security number. MGM Company claims they verified his employment eligibility back in 2015, and it was his Social Security card."
Fox News' Bret Baier was discussing the fall out from Trump's call to Sgt. La David Johnson's widow and he reminded viewers that Trump is the one who started this whole nightmare.
The host of Special Report joined Sandra Smith on America's Newsroom. Sandra asked about Trump's call to Myeshia Johnson, which was reported and verified as Trump being about as caring as Jeffrey Dalmer cooking up a meal from one of his victims.
Smith said she brought it up because there's so much work to do in Congress, policy-wise and "there's a lot of focus on that right now."
Baier said that some people "In this town blame the media for jumping and focusing on it."
Right-wingers want the media and America to never cover Trump when he repeatedly, almost daily acts like a sociopathic egomaniac to those around him or in this case grieving military families and instead focus on policy.
Baier told Sandra that what started this was the tragedy of four U.S. servicemen getting killed in Niger and this administration never discussing it.
Baier said, "We still haven’t heard exactly what happened in that operation --- and then he [Trump] turned it to previous presidents and whether they called or didn’t call or reached out or didn’t reach out. That was his answer and that's what started this whole cascade."
Two insurance companies, Chubb and Lockton Affinity, have partnered with the NRA to provide NRA Carry Guard insurance to gun owners who shoot someone and claim “self-defense.”
This cynical insurance plan is specifically designed to protect “Stand Your Ground” murderers like George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer. NRA Carry Guard provides coverage for criminal legal defense, firearm replacement, clean up costs, payouts to bail companies, and a 24-hour legal hotline to provide shooters with guidance in how to avoid prosecution.
Guns Down and Color Of Change are partnering to speak out against Chubb and Lockton for supporting the NRA and profiting from NRA Carry Guard. “Stand Your Ground” laws have caused gun murders to skyrocket – and are radically skewed toward protecting white shooters who kill black victims.
NRA Carry Guard turns this racist reality into profit.
Lockton Affinity, which created and sells NRA Carry Guard insurance, and Chubb Insurance, which underwrites the policies and takes a profit, are perpetuating fear of minorities and immigrants, and by offering special protections to gun owners who shoot first and ask questions later, these insurance companies are promoting gun violence.
Via Slate, a bombshell story: One or more Supreme Court justices are talking to reporters about Justice Neil Gorsuch*, the man who sits in a stolen seat.
(Nina) Totenberg, a renowned court reporter who is friendly with several justices, noted that Gorsuch “ticks off some members of the court—and I don’t think it’s just the liberals.” Without exposing her sources—“you talk to former law clerks, you talk to friends, you talk to some of the justices”—Totenberg then dropped a bombshell:
My surmise, from what I’m hearing, is that Justice [Elena] Kagan really has taken [Gorsuch] on in conference. And that it’s a pretty tough battle and it’s going to get tougher. And she is about as tough as they come, and I am not sure he’s as tough—or dare I say it, maybe not as smart. I always thought he was very smart, but he has a tin ear somehow, and he doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the conversation.