Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson recently made headlines when she attacked President Trump for what she called “insensitive remarks” to the widow of a slain U.S. soldier. She was listening in on a phone call from the president to the widow of Sgt. LA David T. Johnson and immediately told the press about the encounter. Johnson was tragically killed in an ambush in Niger this month.
Fox News reports:
“Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., kicked off President Donald Trump’s public feud with a Gold Star family after she accused him of making an ‘insensitive’ remark to the soldier’s widow.
“Wilson said Trump told Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s pregnant widow that he ‘knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.’ Johnson was killed earlier this month during an attack in Africa.”
The president has disputed the encounter and is angered by Wilson’s attempts to use the situation for political purposes. And as it turns out, Wilson’s record indicates she’s not the great defender of the military that she claims to be. She has said she is “committed to honoring our service members, not only with words but with deeds,” but that might not exactly be the case when it comes to things that really matter.
1. Wilson voted against most bills that continue funding to veterans. This includes payments to widows of killed soldiers.
2. She opposed bills that would improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.
3. She voted against the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act” in 2013. The bill passed and was signed by then President Obama. It gave funding to the military and the VA until the next government shutdown.
4. She voted against ensuring benefits paid to veterans and their families would not be affected by a government shutdown. Four killed soldiers were denied burial benefits because of the shutdown.
5. She has voted multiple times against bills meant to improve VA services.
6. She voted against improving military equipment.
Not exactly the hero for the military she claims to be, eh?