Gen Kelly described himself as being stunned by the selfish and disrespectful conduct of Florida Democrat Frederica Wilson, preying upon a grieving wife as a political opportunity…
General John Kelly took the podium and addressed the White House press who have been frothing over the comments made by the congressional clown in the ridiculous “Florida cowgirl” dress-up hats, Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
Kelly started off saying, “Most Americans don’t know what happens when we lose one of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines or Coast Guardsmen in combat. So let me tell you what happens.” It’s a topic Kelly is very familiar with, both as a retired Marine Corps General and as a Gold Star Father.
Kelly’s son, First Lieutenant Robert M. Kelly, was killed in combat in 2010. He continued, “Their buddies wrap them up in whatever passes as a shroud, puts them on a helicopter as a routine, and sends them home.”
He describes the care with which the body is transported to Europe, with two stops to be packed in ice, followed by a flight to Dover Air Force Base for embalming, followed by being “meticulously” dressed in their uniform, complete with the medals they’ve earned. They are then placed on another airplane, linked up with a casualty officer that escorts them home.
He describes the difficult nature of the phone calls and how most US Presidents rarely made such calls. Kelly, even with his high rank in the Marines, didn’t receive a call from Obama when his son was killed. He says there’s no right way to do it, there’s no right thing to say.
He cites examples from his experience which are similar to those of President Trump which have been the subject of the Democrat orchestrated outrage as being the most appropriate but that nothing really is going to be the right thing to say at that time.
Kelly recalls what Marine General Joe Dunford, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told him as an example, and it was not that different from what President Trump had said. Trump actually sought Kelly’s advice recently on the matter, so he wasn’t going in recklessly, unprepared and insensitively as the clown in the cowgirl hat and the parasite media have attempted to portray him as doing. [VIDEO BELOW]
Kelly explains the process for notifying the relatives and later relays a previous experience at a memorial service in Florida in which it is apparent, though he doesn’t name her, that this same Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, stood and applauded herself for the funding of the building it was being held in after the others in the room had completed their appropriate statements on the two killed and three injured.
Kelly said, “I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States to a young wife.”
He says, “It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation, absolutely stuns me. And I thought at least that was sacred. You know when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore as we see from recent cases.”
He continued, “Life, the dignity of life was sacred, that’s gone. Religion, that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star Families, I think that left in the convention over the summer. But I just thought, the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield, I just thought that that might be sacred.”
He describes how, after listening to what Wilson was saying, he took a walk to collect himself in Arlington National Cemetery. He urges the press, “Let’s not let this maybe last thing that’s held sacred in our society, a young man, a young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country. Let’s try to somehow keep that sacred, but it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress.”
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