One can only hope that after a week of being the most ubiquitous back-bencher on Capitol Hill, Democrat Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson and her haberdashery choices are on minute 14-and-a-half of their 15 minutes of fame.
After all, most of the attention has come from the fact she’s taken one out-of-context quote apparently made by the president to a military widow and flogged it as much as possible — and to great effect. Yet, even with the media’s appetite for all stories hostile to the president, you’d think they’d be getting tired of the specious ramblings of a woman who dresses like she’s auditioning for a Shady Al’s Used Car Emporium commercial.
At least on MSNBC, however, you’d be wrong. Appearing on the ironically-named “AM Joy” on Sunday, Rep. Wilson demanded an apology from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for calling her out — even as she called Kelly a “puppet.”
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“John Kelly is almost — I guess you could say he was a puppet of the president and what he was trying to do was divert the attention away from the president on to me, and he basically just lied on me. I don’t appreciate people lying on me,” Wilson said.
Wilson was addressing claims made by Kelly during his rebuke of Rep. Wilson involving her remarks at a building dedication. While Kelly’s interpretation was possibly erroneous, they didn’t constitute the majority of his remarks regarding Wilson. But, guess what the media latched onto.
“I have been in politics a long time, and most things don’t bother me, you know, it just rolls off my back,” Wilson said. “I have been lied on before, but the character assassination that he went through to call me out of my name, an empty barrel and all the work that I’ve done in this community — not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people, because when he lied on me, he lied to them. I don’t think that is fair, I think it is wrong,” Wilson said.
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Her remarks occur at around 7:50:
Wilson has been more than eager to talk about the part that Kelly didn’t get right — which, again, constituted a very small portion of Kelly’s remarks. What she’s been less eager to rebut is this: “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States to a young wife, and in his way tried to express that opinion — that he’s a brave man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. There’s no reason to enlist; he enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be, with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken.”
The entire context that Rep. Wilson has built up around this incident has been that the president disrespected a fallen member of our armed forces. After she got verbally eviscerated by the White House chief of staff, she pivoted to a claim he made — which, in all fairness, may not have been entirely accurate — about a building dedication and funding. That’s really what we’re going on here?
No matter how accurate what Kelly said is, he nor anyone else in the Trump administration owes you an apology, representative. Not after you used an out-of-context quote to smear the president and then called a former general — who lost a son in combat — a “puppet.” If that’s the kind of behavior that you believe shrouds you in the cloak of righteousness, service and decency, Rep. Wilson, you’re wrong. But you’re certainly in the right party.
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