It’s easy to put on a cowboy hat and make a name for yourself on TV by hurling stones at the President of the United States, but it’s a little more difficult to establish credibility for yourself when you have a career’s worth of voting against the interests of American veterans. Just ask Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), who got her mug in the newspapers this week when she claimed to have heard President Trump be “insensitive” in his call to comfort a grieving widow. She mounted the highest of high horses after the call, but her voting record in the House of Representatives shows that being “sensitive” towards the concerns of U.S. soldiers is apparently a very new concern for her.
Wilson alleged this week that President Trump told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that he “knew what he signed up for,” a comment that a million pundits used as an excuse to bash the president for his lack of empathy. Trump immediately pushed back on the congresswoman’s account of the conversation, insisting that she had “totally fabricated” the nature of his remarks. Neither Trump nor Wilson have provided the “proof” they supposedly both have as it pertains to what was said.
Putting aside the fact that this is a complete non-story (so WHAT if he said that exact thing? Is it not accurate?), there is now ample reason to doubt Wilson’s supposedly heartfelt concerns about the grieving widows of servicemen killed in action. It certainly wasn’t at the forefront of her mind when she voted several times against measures that would help veterans and their families, anyway.
From Fox News:
The measures that Wilson opposed included a bill that could have ensured that families of four soldiers slain in Afghanistan in 2013 received death and burial benefits.
She has also opposed measures designed to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In March 2013, Wilson opposed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” which prevented a government shutdown and provided funds for the U.S. military and the VA.
The bill, which passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by the Obama administration, provided funding to the military and the VA until the next government shutdown showdown.
Later in the year, Wilson again voted against a resolution aimed at ensuring benefits paid to the veterans and their families would not be affected by the government shutdown in October that year.
This is a woman who is clearly using her proximity to a story in the headlines to boost her own credentials and get her clownish face on television. Well, kudos to you, Ms. Wilson, you achieved what you set out to achieve. But you can drop the act – you don’t give one tinker’s damn about the vets or their families, and your voting record proves it.