October 22, 2017

After Meet The Press host Chuck Todd asked about the grieving widow that Trump offended, Sen. Lindsey Graham misrepresented the media's question to Trump about the four soldiers killed in Niger before attacking Rep. Frederica Wilson character.

Earlier, I wrote how Sen. Graham was now apologizing for Trump's white nationalism and now he's become Trump's newest hatchet man against Rep. Wilson.

Todd questioned Trump's handling of our Gold Star families while making condolence calls and asked, "In this, the grieving widow is always right. I'm sorry. I don't care what the story is. So I guess I ask you, why do you think he couldn't take the high road?"

Graham excused it by saying that if the reporter hadn't asked the question, none of this would have happened. "Then he brings up President Obama, which is absolutely the worst thing to do," he claimed.

This is patently and blatantly false. And it could also be called a misrepresentation of the event or, if Kellyanne Conway had said it, it would be a lie.

On October 16th, during a presser with Sen. Mitch McConnell, a reporter asked, "Why haven't we heard anything from you about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? And what do you have to say about that?"

Trump wasn't asked about the families or making any condolence calls to grieving families, he was asked why there had been a total blackout from the administration on the four Green Berets that were killed in Niger.

It was Trump who changed the entire subject and said, "I've written personal letters. They've been sent or they're going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend. I will, at some point during the period of time call the parents, the families."

Sen. Graham can read and hear and I'm sure knew about the actual event he's now mischaracterizing before he joined Chuck Todd.

It was Trump who turned this incident into a debate about how past presidents handled notifying Gold Star families about their loss and how wonderful he would handle it.

And yes, bringing up President Obama was "absolutely the worst thing to do."

Sen. Graham continued, "There's no doubt in my mind that President Obama and Michelle Obama, their heart broke every time a soldier fell on their watch. There's no doubt in my mind, having been around President Trump a lot lately, that he loves the military. "So General Kelly tried to give him some advice about how to talk about these things. President Trump may have delivered it inartfully."

Politicians and pundits were not questioning Trump's love of the military, Lindsey. And is the word "inartfully" supposed to excuse every craven and callous action Trump does?

"But I can promise you this, if I'd been in the car with somebody and President Obama was on the end of the phone, I would not have politicized this like Congresswoman Wilson," the Senator said.

If anybody was conscious during President Obama's eight year presidency then they would know that If President Obama made a horrific call like Trump's, Sen. Lindsey Graham would have made a mad dash to the media and any camera he could find to attack him.

And then Republicans would have held numerous hearings in the House and Senate on Obama's condolence call to see if he should be at the least - formally censured.

So please, stop the grandstanding. We see what you did there.

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