It is now being reported that Trump’s boast about contacting families has shaken a skeleton out of his closet. One Gold Star family has now told the Washington Post that Trump made grandiose promises, but did not deliver.
There are many things one can accurately accuse the Donald Trump of. He is a racist. He is a misogynist. He is a sexual predator. He is a pathological liar. He is an adulterer. His greed knows no bounds. One thing nobody will ever accuse Donald Trump of is being a decent human being with even a lick of empathy. He also insulted a Gold Star Family.
Yesterday Trump called a pregnant Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson and comforted her by saying about her Green Beret husband, “he knew what he signed up for.” Today Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Myeshia Johnson said, “He didn’t even remember his name.” This from a man claiming football players are disrespecting our military by kneeling during the national anthem.
“He didn’t even remember his name.”
Today Sarah Huckabee Sanders had the unmitigated gall to say, “General Kelly is disgusted that his son’s death is being politicized.” Oblivious to the fact Trump is the one who politicized General Kelly’s son’s death by lying about President Obama not calling the families of fallen soldiers. Sensing he might have gone too far with that lie, Trump said, “Ask John Kelly if he called him.” We don’t have to ask him Trump. We know that General Kelly and his wife sat at the Obama’s table for the Gold Star Family Breakfast hosted at the White House.
Today the Washington Post reported that Trump had promised a Gold Star father who lost his son in June, a fundraiser and $25,000. Neither have happened:
President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.
Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.
Since June, Trump has played golf over 40 times.
Trump also claimed yesterday that it was his practice to call the families of fallen soldiers, but that too was a lie. From the Associated Press:
But AP found relatives of four soldiers who died overseas during Trump’s presidency who said they never received calls from him. Relatives of two also confirmed they did not get letters. And proof is plentiful that Barack Obama and George W. Bush — saddled with far more combat casualties than the roughly two dozen so far under Trump — took painstaking steps to write, call or meet bereaved military families.
After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences and wrote him that “some days I don’t want to live.”
The President of the United States has claimed that football players kneeling at football games dishonors our veterans. Trump has now attacked not only John McCain but he has dishonored and slandered Gold Star Families. $25,000 to a billionaire is the equivalent of a nickel to everyone else. That is how little Trump thinks of Gold Star Families.