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Rep. Frederica Wilson Tells “The View”: “President Trump Is A Liar,” Sgt. La David Johnson’s Death Is “His Benghazi”

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On Wednesday’s “The View,” the co-hosts slammed Donald Trump for allegedly telling Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow that he “knew what he signed up for.” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson also called the president a “liar” for denying he made the comment. Watch the videos below.

Rep. Wilson of Florida claimed on Tuesday night that when Trump finally called Johnson’s pregnant widow more than 10 days after he was killed in Niger, the president said “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.” Wilson said she was present for the phone call, but Trump railed against her on Wednesday morning, tweeting, “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” He did not provide any of his “proof,” however, and the fallen soldier’s mother did tell the Washington Post, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.”

Now on the ABC talk show, Sara Haines brought up how on yesterday’s show, when “The View” panelists discussed Trump falsely claiming Barack Obama didn’t call families of fallen soldiers, she questioned “how sincere” a call from him would seem now. “If he did indeed say [this], I’d like to just as the president, does he know what he signed up for? This is what you do when people lay their lives down for us,” she said. Joy Behar commented, “He never signed up for going to the army because he had ‘bone spurs,’ so it’s very touchy to Americans, [as] it should be, when he does something wrong with our service people. I thought he had the ‘best words.’ He has the worst words.” Haines even suggested that Trump shouldn’t call at all “if this is what he’s gonna say.”

Hostin, who comes from a military family, said, “Anyone who has military family members, especially in combat, those calls mean a lot, but you’re grieving… It’s heart-wrenching. I remember it to this day. And to have someone be insensitive during that call, I can’t imagine what it would feel like.” Meghan McCain, however, noted, “We don’t know the context. Both of them say they have proof of what was said. I would love to hear that proof.” She also went on to say, “Politicizing military deaths on both sides is a new low for America right now and everybody… There are real people this happens to. This widow is going through indescribable pain right now. Talking about it now feels so inappropriate right now.”

Behar, however, went back to Trump, saying, “He said he has proof of his conversations with Comey. He has proof of his taxes. Never saw those. The point is, when he writes he has proof, a lot of his supporters move on and forget this happened.” And Whoopi Goldberg declared, “All I can say is, have you no shame, sir? Have you no shame? I can’t. Because I’m infuriated… If your kids haven’t gone or you didn’t go, I need you to have a whole different mindset with the folks who went.”

Goldberg then played the audio of Trump’s recent attack on McCain’s father, Senator John McCain. The moderator exclaimed afterward, “Have you no shame? Damn! You tweeting about the NFL! What are you doing?! Bonehead!” And Behar told their new colleague, “Your father should say [back], ‘I like presidents who haven’t been helped by the Russians, who actually win elections legitimately.'” Tying the two topics together, Hostin remarked, “We shouldn’t be surprised at this president because remember what did to the Gold Star family. Remember what he said about your father. He also went to military school and he said he got better training there than he would have gotten in the military. So this is someone who’s been very dismissive of the military.”

“I don’t know if this [comment to the widow] is true, I don’t know if he has the proof, but I would not be surprised if this was true, because that is the level of his discourse,” she added. Following a commercial break, Wilson joined the conversation via phone. The congresswoman recalled, “I heard him say, ‘Well, you know, I’m sure he knows this is what he signed up for, but it still hurts.’ And the saddest part of this is he kept referring to La David as ‘your guy.’ He never called his name. It was almost as if he forgot his name.” She also insisted, “I’m not the only person who heard the conversation,” and admitted that she wanted to “curse out” the president afterward.

When Behar asked Wilson about Trump claiming he has “proof” to support his denial, she flat-out declared, “President Trump is a liar… If he was taping the conversation, bring it on!” The audience roared in agreement, which prompted McCain to say, “I’m very uncomfortable with all of this. I don’t like the cheering of calling our president a liar… This was a private call between our president and a widow… Why did you feel the need to speak out?” Wilson explained that she was surrounded by media after the call and was asked about witnessing it, and so she said what happened.

McCain countered that despite being questioned by the press, it “isn’t necessarily your role to answer. This is deeply personal and private.” Wilson became more and more upset as this exchange went on, and said she was demanding to know, “What happened to La David in Niger? Why was he the last one found? Why did it take 48 hours to discover him?” She even insisted, “This is going to be Mr. Trump’s Benghazi,” and accused the government of a “cover-up.” McCain responded, “This is a tragedy. This young man died for our freedom. We should focus on that.” On that, they somewhat agreed, with Wilson stating, “I would hope the White House and the Congress and everyone else would hold him up to be a hero.”

But as she continued to rage against Trump, Goldberg tried repeatedly to interrupt to wrap up the segment. Eventually they went to commercial and the talk show moved on to a new topic. Watch the full videos below.

 


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