Wilson Accuses Kelly of Lying, Using 'Racist Term' During His Emotional Briefing

Wilson Accuses Kelly of Lying, Using 'Racist Term' During His Emotional Briefing

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The Florida lawmaker who criticized President Donald Trump’s condolence call to a fallen soldier’s wife hit back at White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday, claiming that his emotional comments a day earlier featured a “lie” and a “racist” insult directed at her.

“I feel sorry for General Kelly. He has my sympathy for the loss of his son,” the lawmaker, Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat, told CNN. “But he can’t just go on TV and lie on me.”

Wilson also took exception to Kelly appearing to refer to her as an empty barrel during his remarks at a White House briefing on Thursday.

“That’s a racist term ― thinking about that, we looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel and I don’t like to be dragged into something like that,” Wilson said Friday.

In heartfelt remarks Thursday, Kelly, a former general whose Marine son was killed in Afghanistan, described himself as “broken-hearted” and “stunned” coming to work at the White House on Wednesday as he saw Wilson on news networks disclosing the private details of Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson. She is the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was among four soldiers killed this month in Niger.

Kelly also defended Trump, who touched off the controversy on Monday by falsely claiming President Barack Obama had not called the families of fallen soldiers.




Image: Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) talks to reporters on Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) talks to reporters on Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Florida.