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Author: Raine    Date: 10/18/2017 13:13:05

I think we are veering into a bad space with this entire "who called the soldiers families and who didn't" debate. I am concerned that we are trying to out-patriot ourselves here.

That said, there is a serious problem that needs to be discussed. The problem is that we've been put in a position where we have to discuss the politics of dead soldiers. That's because the resident of the White House made it political.
"If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I am able to do it.”
—President Trump, news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Oct. 16, 2017
This was the first time the Tweeter-in-Chief was forced to comment on the deaths of four green berets in Niger.

A proper comment could have been made if we had a proper president. And, as things go, he made it worse the next day.
“I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died,” the president told the host, Brian Kilmeade. “As far as other representatives, I don’t know. You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”

The remark, which was almost immediately derided by Democrats and Obama allies as politicizing a tragedy, was unplanned, said two White House officials, who said they were caught off-guard by Trump’s comments. One said Kelly may have mentioned some details surrounding his son’s death to the president in private — and the president then repeated them in public, a relatively frequent occurrence with Trump.


A White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Kelly did not receive a call from Obama at the time.

But in May 2011, Obama hosted a breakfast for Gold Star families — those who had lost a family member who was in uniform — and Kelly and his wife attended, according to White House records.

I'd like to put a fine point here. General Kelly lost his son Robert in Afghanistan. Heather Kelly lost her Husband in Afghanistan. If any call was made (and it's not my business to know) it would have been made to the soldier's widow. That protocol.

With all the crap coming out this morning regarding what tRump did or didn't say to Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s widow Myeshia Johnson, I want people to remember that it was Trump who is politicizing this tragedy due to his lack of empathy.

He's got a history of already attacking a Gold Star family.

What the reporters asked him two days ago was not so much about calling the families of the soldiers - it was why he hasn't said a damn thing about what happened. He tweets shit about everything else and he had said nothing about these soldiers. THAT is the problem here and instead of quietly taking care to show caring for these people who gave their loved ones for the ultimate sacrifice, he's made them political footballs.

This is disgusting, disrespectful, and disturbing. We have to deal with this every single damn day.

That said, I would rather deal with this than to have lost a loved one in a war that should have been long over. The families of these men didn't want to become gold star families.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, died from wounds sustained during an ambush Oct. 4, 2017, in Niger. All three Soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg. (U.S. Army/U.S. Army)



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