“The View” Reacts To John Kelly Defending Donald Trump, Slamming Frederica Wilson

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On Friday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to John Kelly defending Donald Trump and slamming Frederica Wilson. They also debated the appropriateness of her latest comments. Watch the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Wilson slammed Trump on “The View” earlier this week for telling the widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for.” The president denied he made such a statement, and on Thursday, his Chief of Staff came to his defense. Kelly accused Wilson of politicizing the tragedy and alleged she improperly listened in on the controversial phone call. The General also said he had advised Trump to wait to call and to tell the widow that he died among friends, doing what he believed in.

Now on the ABC talk show, Joy Behar played a clip of Kelly’s comments, and then asked, “What do you think Kelly wanted to accomplish with that speech? My feeling is he’s protecting Trump from the bad publicity that all brought or he’s trying to contain Trump. He’s there like saving the country or something.” Commented Sara Haines, “I saw him as explaining Trump.” She said Kelly filled in some blanks as to why why Trump did what he did and said what he said, and so “it did make me understand a little more what his intention was.”

Paula Faris also noted that Kelly spoke “out of his own volition” and “Trump didn’t tell him to do this.” Instead, he spoke from experience as a father who lost his own son this way. Meghan McCain said she was “very surprised” that he did speak publicly, because of the “lengths he’s gone not to politicize” his son’s death in the past. Faris went on to call out everyone involved in the scandal. “I also want to say shame on the media, shame on the congresswoman, shame on Trump for politicizing the issue. I don’t think any of us here at the table could name the four soldiers who died in Niger… I just want to say shame on us,” she said.

Sunny Hostin agreed with Haines that Kelly’s comments, “made me understand Trump’s words. It’s like a bad round of telephone… It was really misconstrued and we didn’t know what the context was.” And McCain repeated what she’s said all week about politicizing the military. “We have gone so far off course on a soldier’s death,” she complained, adding, “This is rock-bottom. For the administration, for the media, for the military, all the way around.” Countered Hostin, “We have to remember the president started with politicizing it by comparing himself to Obama with the phone calls.”

McCain still insisted that “everyone is in the wrong in this,” prompting Behar to say, “I respect General Kelly. It’s Trump I have a problem with… I think this guy has a heavy duty trying to protect Trump from himself and that’s what I thought he was dong.” The panelists went on to discuss the “hoopla” now surrounding Wilson, who called it “amazing” that the White House is paying such attention to her. “I’m a rock star now,” she told reporters. Though the footage received laughs from the audience, Hostin pointed out, “A lot of folks, I think, were very angry about it. They thought she was being cavalier and self-congratulatory. But I think she was making a joke.”

Haines was struck by the contrast between now and the “very angry, personal reaction” Wilson initially displayed. Remarked McCain, “I think the problem with all of this is it’s up to interpretation how you view things.” But she found Wilson’s comments to be in “incredibly poor taste,” saying, “I don’t know why, going forward, why we can’t let this poor widow grieve… Her tone was so different on this show. When she spoke with us, she was very angry.”

Hostin tried to defend the representative, saying that Wilson is only finding “humor” in the White House “trolling” her and argued she’s only a “rock star” because “she called the president out on his insensitivity.” Faris shot back, “No, the genesis is a soldier was killed.” McCain said it was her hope that the various sides would “apologize” and “try to find some consensus in this country” because “we are ripping each other apart.” Check out the videos below.

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