October 17, 2017
You just watch this.
This is gonna be YUGE.
This is #Kneelgate level. Probably, a lot bigger.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday invoked the death of the son of his chief of staff, John Kelly, as he defended his claim from a day before that Barack Obama and other past presidents didn’t always call the families of slain service members.
“For the most part, to the best of my knowledge, I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make, and I said it very loud and clear yesterday. The hardest thing for me to do is do that,” Trump said Tuesday morning during an interview with Fox News radio host Brian Kilmeade.
“Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know,” he continued. “I mean, you could ask General Kelly did he get a call from Obama. You could ask other people. I don’t know what Obama’s policy was. I write letters, and I also call.”
Kelly’s son, 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, died in November 2010 in Afghanistan when he stepped on a land mine. A representative for Obama did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has faced an onslaught of criticism — most notably from former Obama aides — since making the accusation against Obama on Monday afternoon in a Rose Garden news conference when asked about his silence regarding the death of four Green Berets related to an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.
“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” the president alleged without evidence Monday. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”
He said he was “told” that Obama didn’t always make calls but doesn’t know for sure. “All I can do is ask my generals,” he added Monday. “Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything.”
Obama’s former aides chafed at the comment. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, called the president’s claim “an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards” and noted on Twitter that it was Trump, not Obama, who attacked a Gold Star family that had been critical of him.
Alyssa Mastromonaco, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff of operations, was even more direct, tweeting, “that’s a f—— lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn’t call the family members of soldiers KIA – he’s a deranged animal.”
that's a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA – he's a deranged animal.
— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017
Hit a nerve there, I think.
This is a purposeful call to Obama to come out and play.
This links to the NFL thing. It is part of an operation to draw battle lines.
I’m not really seeing the next phase of this right now – other than to make Obama enter into a public scuffle, when he’ll show his hand in relation to ongoing race relations issues.
For a better analysis than that, I would ask Jazzhands McFeels. Too bad for you he only does shows once a week – on Sunday!
But me, I can just call him up whenever and be like, “redpill me on that, goy.”