White House declined for hours to discuss this dad's case.
Now, accuses media of being disgusting by reporting.https://t.co/FtblUW9iRN
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) October 18, 2017
“President” Flapjaw had to play the big shot in front of the cameras yesterday; when he got called on his bullshit, he went on the offensive (‘offensive’ being his baseline state). That gave the Washington Post an(other) excuse to go do some actual investigative reporting — “Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn’t follow through”:
… Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The Washington Post that Trump called him at his home in Zebulon, N.C., a few weeks after his 22-year-old son and two fellow soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan police officer in a suspected insider attack June 10. Their phone conversation lasted about 15 minutes, Baldridge said, and centered for a time on the father’s struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.
“I said, ‘Me and my wife would rather our son died in trench warfare,’ “ Baldridge said. “I feel like he got murdered over there.”
Trump’s offer of $25,000 adds another dimension to the president’s relations with Gold Star families, an honorific given to those whose loved ones die while serving in support of the nation’s wars. The disclosure follows questions about how often the president has called or written to grieving military families.
The Washington Post contacted the White House about Baldridge’s account on Wednesday morning. Officials declined to discuss the events in detail.
But White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement Wednesday afternoon, “The check has been sent. It’s disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media’s biased agenda. “…
The president has faced worsening backlash since details emerged of his phone call Tuesday with the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed Oct. 4 alongside three other U.S. soldiers in Niger. After not addressing the incident for 12 days, Trump on Monday falsely claimed that previous presidents never or rarely called the families of fallen service members. In fact, they did so regularly…
Trump denied the allegation Wednesday morning. But the fallen soldier’s childhood guardian, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she also was in the car when the White House called, and said that “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.”
In all, seven Gold Star families contacted by The Post said they have had phone conversations with Trump. Most said they appreciated the gesture. Four families said they have not received a call and were upset. One said Trump had not called but that they knew the late soldier would not want his death politicized. An additional family said that it had corresponded with the White House, but declined to elaborate…
Euvince Brooks’s son, Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, was killed Aug. 13 in Iraq. He has not heard from the White House. The president’s claim this week that he had called every military family to lose a son or daughter only upset the Brooks family more.
Brooks said that after watching the news on Tuesday night he wanted to set up a Twitter account to try and get the President’s attention.
“I said to my daughter, ‘Can you teach me to tweet, so I can tweet at the president and tell him he’s a liar?’” he said. “You know when you hear people lying, and you want to fight? That’s the way I feel last night. He’s a damn liar.”
Of course Trump doesn’t have to contact the grieving families — as my Nana used to say, the only things you “have to” do are breathe and someday die. But if the stupid bastid had enough sense to simply not run his big yap, the families wouldn’t have been put to further abuse and the rest of us wouldn’t have been “gifted” this new example of Trump’s basic sociopathy.
THANKS EVER SO MUCH FOR IMPOSING THIS MONSTER ON THE REST OF US, REPUBS!
Money not the point in @DanLamothe's story. It's about how Trump's deep indifference for military loss makes him think money can compensate
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) October 18, 2017