When President Donald Trump recently made an off-the-cuff comment about former President Barack Obama’s failure to call the families of fallen soldiers, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff responded by tweeting: “That’s a [censored] lie.” But who is really lying here?
President Trump hit back against the media’s claims of dishonesty by telling the press to ask White House chief of staff John Kelly if President Obama called him after his son died serving in Afghanistan. Speaking to Fox News Radio Host, Brian Kilmeade, Trump noted: “To the best of my knowledge, I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make. As far as other representatives, I don’t know, I mean you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”
Not a chance.
The Last Full Measure
Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in November 2010 by a roadside bomb that exploded while he was on foot patrol in Helmand Province. Lt. Kelly served in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Afghanistan during a particularly dangerous point in the war in Afghanistan.
Robert and his brother John both joined the Marines, following in the footsteps of their father, who now continues his service under Trump in the White House. The Kellys are one of many proud American families who have devoted their lives to the service and protection of this great nation.
When Robert perished, then-President Obama should have picked up the phone.
The Mainstream Media Strikes Back
Since Trump’s revelatory statement, the media has been characteristically apoplectic, accusing the President of politicizing the grief of Gen. Kelly and his family. Outlets like The Washington Post are now working to rewrite the narrative from “Trump was wrong” to “Trump is right but he’s exploiting the death of a soldier.”
But isn’t “exploitation” how the left responds to every single tragedy? Did more than a minute pass after the Las Vegas shooting before “gun control” became the chorus of every Democrat? Never let a good crisis go to waste, right?
Salon posted an article headlined: “Trump exploits John Kelly’s dead son to back up his Obama falsehoods,” which reads: “President Donald Trump used the deceased son of his own chief of staff, retired Marine Corps. Gen. John F. Kelly, to score a political point in the ongoing controversy over his inaccurate claim that President Barack Obama often didn’t call the families of deceased soldiers.”
Clearly, though Trump’s claim was accurate, the left-leaning media wasn’t dissuaded from distorting the truth and hyper-analyzing every word that came out of Trump’s mouth.
I’d ask if they were bored of this game yet, but we already know the answer.