This must be another example of what Washington Post columnist Cleve R. Wootson, Jr. fancifully describes as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “deft weaponization of Twitter” in her artful trolling of her conservative critics.
Referencing an incident involving John Kelly and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla), New York Ocasio-Cortez lambasted the outgoing White House chief of staff, claiming he is a coward.
Kelly had a very public clash with Wilson when the congresswoman used the death of an American soldier to criticize President Trump while later celebrating the fact that the incident had made her “a rock star.”
Wilson listened in on a conversation between Trump and the wife of slain U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, afterwards alleging that the president callously said her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
Kelly responded by blasting Wilson for politicizing the call and claimed he was the one who suggested the president make that statement, an obvious reference to her husband’s bravery in the face of danger.
Rep. Barbara Lee shared a Washington Post article on Kelly that very briefly states, without evidence, that “Kelly falsely attacked Rep. Frederica S. Wilson.”
On Monday Ocasio-Cortez added her two cents on Twitter.
John Kelly was straight up exposed for lying about @RepWilson in comments aimed at discrediting her.
He absolutely owes her an apology, and his refusal to do so isn’t a sign of strength – it’s cowardice. https://t.co/BA40Hgofvk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 10, 2018
Kelly later called Wilson an “empty barrel” and suggested she inappropriately took credit for securing millions of dollars in funding for an FBI field office in Miami. One video clip showed otherwise, though Kelly stood by his comments and offered no apology.
Kelly and His Family Are Anything But Cowards
Disagree with his handling of the incident all you want. But for someone whose loftiest career attainment prior to being elected a member of Congress was being a bartender to call a four-star general a coward is a bit much. Even for Ocasio-Cortez.
Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He has earned numerous awards, including the Navy Presidential Unit Citation, a Legion of Merit w/ Gold Star with Combat “V,” and Defense Superior Service Medal. The closest Ocasio-Cortez has come to seeing combat was having worked as an intern under Ted Kennedy, where women weren’t exactly viewed in a positive light.
Kelly’s Son Was Killed in Action
In the midst of the Wilson controversy, Kelly gave an emotionally stirring press conference in which he described exactly what happens after a U.S. service member dies in combat, including the protocol for calling family members.
He spoke directly from the heart: His own son was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010 while serving as a Marine on his third combat tour.
Gen. John Kelly, who lost his son in 2010, describes in detail what happens when a US service member dies https://t.co/5frcIWc3fg
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 19, 2017
If anyone owes anyone an apology it is Ocasio-Cortez, who should publicly show her remorse for her callous words.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession