When soldiers are killed in the line of duty the protocol is straightforward—the White House issues a statement honoring the dead. Sometimes the president calls the families or writes a personal note; often the family is invited to a ceremony at the White House. It’s time-honored and it is dignified.
Maybe respectful is the word we seek?
Respectful, unless the president in question is Comrade Stupid, that is. He has managed to eff-up his response to the deaths of four soldiers in Niger.
Let’s put aside whatever the tactical and strategic disaster actually led to the ambush; I’m sure someone else will do the benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI!!1! comparison (and presumably a congressional investigation will ensue… haha, I jest. Republicans!), and let’s jump to Commander Bunnypants’ response.
Comrade Preznint Stupid—who never misses a chance to wrap his orange self in the flag—remained silent about the deaths for almost two weeks and instead went full tilt on a culture war of football players and the national anthem. Play to your strengths, Dotard.
We’ve learned that someone at the White House has written a condolence statement to be released at the President’s word. It’s actually pretty good, no American Carnage in it at all, so clearly Steven ‘PeeWee Herman Goerring/Goebbels’ Miller didn’t write it.
The condolence card was never approved and never sent. Football ensured.
And that leads us to Comrade Stupid’s actual contact with the families of the dead soldiers. And as always, the mango-hued shitgibbon makes everything worse.
A normal president might say something like, “Sgt. Johnson was a patriot who knew his valor might result in paying the ultimate price, but he did his duty anyway, and we are grateful for him and to your family for your sacrifice.” But we don’t have a normal president. We have The Donald, who instead he blurted out, “Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for. But I guess it still hurt.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson, who was with the grieving widow Myeshia Johnson in a car to meet the body of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, reported the quote, which was on a speakerphone: everyone heard it. Which of course led our narcissist to now make the story about himself:
So Rep. Wilson revealed more details of the conversation, like Preznint Stupid couldn’t remember Sgt. Johnson’s name, and kept calling him “your guy”?
And then the press started asking the White House about Trump’s proof (recall that every time he claims to have proof, there is no proof. James Comey taped conversation, anyone?) Hours later, Elmira Gantry Huckabee-Sanders admitted that there is no proof:
“I’m not getting into the back and forth. I think the sentiment of the president was very clear. He took the time to make a call, express condolences and thank the family for this individual’s service, and I think it, frankly, is a disgrace of the media to try to portray an act of — kindness like that, and that gesture, try to make it into something that it isn’t.”
So what have we learned from all this? That our preznint is a louse; that he has no sympathies for anyone (let alone Gold Star families) other than himself; that he is a dumb a summabitch as is possible; and that ITMFA and/or 25th Amendment cannot come too soon.
What a shitheel.