While Trump was busy bashing NFL players and stoking culture war resentment (which, it appears, is the only way he can shore up support with his dwindling, extremist base), he completely ignored a deadly ambush in Niger that took the lives of four US soldiers.
When he’s not dividing US society, he’s golfing. It’s a busy schedule. But after mounting pressure from the media he finally offered a response, albeit one emblematic of his I’m-never-at-fault blame game.
First, he accused Obama of not contacting Gold Star families, the title given to families who lose loved ones in combat. This is patently false, and apparently anger in the military at Trump is simmering at an all-time high.
Former Barack Obama official Alyssa Mastromonaco let loose on Twitter, calling Trump “a deranged animal.”
Following this outrageous deceit, Trump turned around and used his chief-of-staff John Kelly’s deceased son against Obama. Kelly’s son died in Afghanistan in 2010.
“As far as other presidents, I don’t know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?” Trump said during an interview with Fox, which has essentially served as the failing president’s propaganda outlet.
Kelly and his wife have long made a point of not underscoring their son’s death in public, in order to not indicate greater significance over the losses of other Gold Star families.
Obama – in fact – hosted Kelly and his wife at a breakfast at the White House for Gold Star families. The two of them sat with Michelle Obama.
To top things off, when Trump finally did reach out to the families of the fallen soldiers in Niger, things did not go well for the unpracticed oaf.
“He knew what he signed up for,” Trump said to U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow.
Even in the most basic responsibilities of his position, Trump is an abject failure. He cannot console the families of fallen soldiers without engaging in completely warrantless political warfare. His narcissism knows no bounds, and it imperils the country he purportedly leads.