After White House chief of staff John Kelly verbally chastised a Democratic congresswoman for politicizing a private conversation between Donald Trump and a grieving widow of a fallen Gold Star veteran, she’s decided to double down on her selfish behavior.
Rep. Fredericka Wilson (D-Fla.) told 7 News Miami that Kelly’s harsh criticisms of her from the White House briefing room on Thursday in reaction to her tasteless behavior made her a rock star.
Frederica Wilson's reaction to John Kelly’s briefing, “I’m a rock star now”. What a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/eIueGDSopw
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) October 20, 2017
“You mean to tell me that I have become so important that the White House is following me and my words?” she said, amid laughter. “This is amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I will have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now.”
Earlier this week, Wilson repeated a private conversation between President Trump and a young widow who had just lost her husband while serving in the line of duty in Niger. In response, Kelly told reporters he was “stunned” by her behavior and that he was disappointed the media didn’t recognize the soldier’s sacrifice as sacred in their coverage.
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would’ve listened in on that conversation,” Kelly said. “I thought at least that was sacred. You know when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in this country. Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore.”
Kelly also recounted a time when he attended the opening of a new FBI field office in Miami dedicated to two men who died in a gunfight with drug traffickers while on duty. Several family members of the fallen officers and other agents who survived the shootout were in attendance, as well as a congresswoman who decided to politicize the ceremony and make it all about herself.
“In the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, she stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building,” he said. “We were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone who was that empty of a barrel, we were stunned. But we didn’t go to the press.”
“Let’s not let this last thing that’s held sacred in our society — a young man or young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country — let’s try to somehow to keep that sacred,” he said.
Apparently Wilson did not get the message.