So what if President Donald Trump told the grieving widow of a soldier in Afghanistan that he knew what he signed up for? It’s the truth. Why do we punish people for stating the truth?
It’s also a matter of context. If you take the trouble to discover the facts of the matter somewhere other than CNN or MSNBC, you’ll find the full story. Here’s what I found at The Daily Caller:
Gold star widow Natasha De Alencar released the audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan.
“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he’s an unbelievable hero,” Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released.
“Thank you. I really, really appreciated it,” she said. “I really do, sir.”
Trump also told the widow if she is ever in Washington D.C. that she is welcome in the Oval Office.
“If you’re around Washington, you come over and see me in the Oval Office,” he said. “You just come over and see me because you are just the kind of family … this is what we want.”
“Say hello to your children, and tell them your father he was a great hero that I respected,” Trump said. “Just tell them I said your father was a great hero.”
The phone call was released after White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly pushed back against Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson’s criticism that Trump told a Gold Star widow “he knew what he signed up for.”
It does not sound like the widow was upset by President Trump’s comments, based on the transcript she released. In fact, it appears she was grateful. And it makes sense, because in context Trump’s comments were appropriate. If he had called and the first (or only) words out of his mouth were, “Well, I’m sorry about your husband, but he knew what he was getting into, so get over it,” then it would have been the very definition of insensitivity and even cruelty. Of course, that’s not what happened, although you’d never know it from the way most of the media reported it, and the way the sleazy, dishonest and exploitative Florida congresswoman described it.
In fact, the Gold Star widow is a Democrat who does not “do politics,” and who stated that Trump appeared to understand her loss. “It became nothing about politics but a person who understood, and that is what he gave to us,” she said. How inconvenient for the propaganda machine we call “news”.
We live in an era not of fake news, but dishonest news. It’s the era of propaganda. Facts are deliberately distorted to attain a certain end. What’s counted on is the lack of critical thinking in the intended victims. Congresswoman Wilson’s total lack of self-respect and respect for her constituents is evidence in this whole sorry affair. If you ask me, that’s the lack of respect for human beings in the entire leftist/progressive/Democratic Party/Republicrat mentality. They treat citizens not as persons but as victims to be exploited for power and money every day of the week. So why not here?
People who make issues of non-issues like Donald Trump’s conversation with the Gold Star widow confess not only their lack of integrity, but also their lack of credibility. In short: They have nothing else. They might as well be saying, “I have no rational criticism of the President’s policies on Obamacare, taxes, restricting immigration of terrorists and everything else he’s doing. Because I have nothing to say, I will make up things and hope that nobody is smart or attentive enough to notice.” By the way, I find this applies every bit as much to Republican or “right wing” opponents of Donald Trump as it does to the wild-eyed progressive haters on the left.
President Trump should not be above criticism. I find errors in his actions and thinking plenty of time. He’s also a refreshing alternative to the virtually totalitarian Obama and the feckless, wimpy, totally insincere and chronically apologizing Republicans. Nobody should be above criticism. But criticisms should be based on actual, real, factual and logical things.
File the whole ridiculous affair under the heading, “It’s all we’ve got.” Because it’s all they’ve got. And those of us paying attention know that they know it.
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