Myeshia Johnson spoke to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America and didn't seem angry. She just seemed to be in pain:
Nineteen days after her husband’s death and two days after his wrenching burial, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said she has “nothing to say” to President Trump, whose condolence call pulled the grieving widow into the center of a national controversy.
“Very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse,” Myeshia Johnson told “Good Morning America” about her conversation with the president.
When I watch the interview, I certainly don't see an angry woman with an agenda. She's just grieving, and understandably upset -- she doesn't know why it took two days recover her husband's body, she doesn't know why she wasn't allowed to see the body -- and her recollection of the call by President Trump has the ring of plain truth:
GS: The president...
MJ: Yes the President, said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway. And it made me cry cause I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said he couldn’t remember my husband’s name. The only way he remembered my husband's name is because he told me he had my husband’s report in front of him and that’s when he actually said La David. I heard him stumblin' on trying to remember my husband’s name and that’s what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country why can’t you remember his name. And that’s what made me upset and cry even more because my husband was an awesome soldier. He did what it take other people like five years to do in three years. So imagine if my husband was here now. It took my husband three years to make E-5 -- it takes other soldiers five to six years just to make E-5. So if he was here now he woulda been on his way to bein' the E-6 or E-7. My husband had high hopes in the military career.
GS: What did you say to the President? MJ: I didn’t say anything I just listened
GS: But you were upset when you got off the phone?
MJ: Oh very, very upset and hurt. Very it made me cry even worse.
And yet Trump thinks he's winning. Some journalists have noted that, which led to this bit of press criticism:
I disagree with the criticism. This is a story -- but the focus of the story should be on the part of America where Trump's attack on a Gold Star wife is actually playing well. Why is it playing well?
There are one-word answers to that. Racism. Sexism. (Charles Blow touches on both in this New York Times column.) But what are the specifics? What do Trump voters -- our neighbors -- think when they watch something like this take place? What do they say to one another?
Reporters file endless stories about older white voters in heartland diners who say partisan but more or less civil things about Trump. The message is that they're decent people who happen to be passionate conservatives or populists or what-have-you. But go into a Breitbart comments section or a Free Republic thread or some other conservative gathering place and you see the Trump message when it's not dressed up for company.
In this Free Republic thread, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is the principal villain, but not the only one. Because she likes cowboy hats, she's called a "rodeo clown." Because an organization she heads set up a Gofundme page for Sergeant Johnson's two small kids (and one on the way), she's dismissed as a gold digger. But Mrs. Johnson and her family aren't spared. And there are other ugly responses.
Here are some comments from the thread:
“Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated, what she said was 100 percent correct,” said Johnson.
“Why would we fabricate something like that?” she later added.
Wow. Nearly $700,000.00 on the Go Fund Me page. This whole spectacle is bringing in loads of cash, unlike other Gold Star wives.
Money, money, money!!!!!!!!!
Why indeed? Why did you just happen to have the rodeo clown riding with you?
The husband made the sacrifice, and yes he knew the risks.
The family and the rodeo clown are engaging in an old democrat and muslim tradition of parading the corpse for political gain.
So you make a fortune purely by fighting with Trump over your dead husband. And some of us understand that what we are observing here is pure racist and political hatred.
I watched the interview with the widow. It is telling that she stated that she said nothing back to the president...as in he called, he made his condolence statement, and there was no feedback.
Sounds like it was a very awkward call...Trump made a call to a widow who has strong partisan feelings about him...and after he was done talking, well that was that. Very different from the other call from months ago that has been made public.
As far as remembering the name goes...there is no way Trump makes this call without a sheet of paper in front of him, with the highlights of the soldier's life, with his name right on top.
Sadly, this woman comes across as a combination of shell shocked and coached...and its really just sad.
(Let me interrupt here to say that you can watch the interview above. You'll notice that Mrs. Johnson doesn't utter a single partisan word.)
Is she related to the famous Trayvon Martin witness?
She is lying.
Further, she is about to be EXPOSED by lots of people who are going to be digging at her past.
Why are the blacks the only ones bitching.
Its like this guy La whats his name was the only one in Niger.
..."shoulda picked our own cotton..." Keeps running through my mind....
Left unsaid is that both Mrs. Johnson and empty-barrel Congressperson Wilson had to be stupid not to understand the context of what the president said. The proof is that they took his compliment of the soldier’s bravery as insensitivity; that is, if they’re being truthful.
This is why the media has to be taken on, on a daily basis. 9.9 out of 10 gold star families say Trump has been respectful and kind. But the media always finds one victim and uses them by portraying them as a majority. They have the megaphone to do this. Anyone remember the MSM trying to pimp the “Jersey Girls” as speaking for all 9/11 families in an effort to destroy Bush?
Despite other families releasing audio or coming forward to say Trump was gracious, the media ignores it. They got to this woman. Right now they are trying to get to the other three as well. And the cynicism is staggering. The media hates the military and privately celebrates each and every death as an opportunity to do what they are doing now.
Heaped on top of this all is the effort to destroy a four star marine general while insulating that rodeo clown from all criticism under an umbrella of racism. I would be angry but for the fact that rodeo clown has become the face of the democrat party. If that is the face they want, then have at it.
This is absolutely disgusting at this point. I say again the media must be destroyed and it must be made personal. Bannon should add the MSM to his list and get to them. He should make public every aspect of their lives. Where their children go to school, what they eat, drive and where they live. Make them pay the way they make anyone who disagrees with them pay.
I would say make John McCain pay as well but fate has intervened.
What kind of a creep who is a recent widow would bring in a dimwitted Congresswoman to eaves drop on a “personal” conversation with our President?
This woman is dripping with fury NOT at the Communist Maobama who sent her there, but at TRUMP! Sick stuff, just like at the Wellstone funeral.
Frederica Wilson is also a particularly nasty race hustler. Read her Trayvon Martin speech. If you know the facts of the Martin case [you being a full bore Leftist, that’s doubtful] you will notice the degree to which Wilson misrepresented the case in order to stoke racial hatred.
I also think that if he used the phrase “he knew what he signed up for...” or some version of that, she was too ignorant to understand the context. Anyone who has spoken to an ignorant person of color has had this experience. One can never underestimate the thin skin of dumb people!
Everyone who criticizes Trump is evil -- and is part of a hydra-headed conspiracy of evil. It's the family and the congresswoman and black people in general (you know how stupid they can be) and the media and Muslims and Trayvon Martin's family and even John McCain.
These are grievance collectors who are able to do one-stop shopping for new grievances (and the airing of old ones) every day on talk radio or Fox. Their hatred for everyone who's not on their side is so great that it's all but impossible to share a political system with them anymore. That's the story that needs reporting.
Originally published at No More Mr. Nice Blog