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Morning Briefing: And Now Donald Trump Is Directly Arguing with a Gold Star Widow on Twitter

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 23, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 23, 2017 |

We now enter the second week of, uh, what are we calling this? Trump-doesn’t-know-how-to-speak-to-humans-gate? As a reminder to everyone: Donald Trump started this. That’s an assumption we can make without even knowing anything else about the controversy, but the fact that Donald Trump (and his son) are stooping to personal insults is a pretty good tip off that they’re not exactly on the right side of this argument:

This morning, Myeshia Johnson — the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson — appeared on Good Morning America to back up all of Rep. Wilson’s claims.

She was upset, she said. “It made me cry even worse.” She said that her husband died a hero, but that she has no idea how she died, and — because she wasn’t allowed to look inside the casket — isn’t even sure it’s her husband inside. She also said that Trump struggled to remember her husband’s name, which Trump is already disputing on Twitter.

You’re arguing with a Gold Star widow, Donny. Just shut the fuck up. Just say, “I’m sorry,” and move on. How hard is that for you? Why must you debate with a grieving widow? Even if you were in the right — and you absolutely are not — you let it go. Listen to Martha on this, Donny:

This is not a fight you want to have, and knowing Trump, he will invariably resort to personal insults. By day’s end, he’ll probably end up saying something terrible about Myeshia Johnson. God knows his supporters already are, after that Tweet basically had the effect of siccing his supporters on her:

I would, however, note that tweets in support of Myeshia Johnson outnumber tweets criticizing her at about a 20-1 ratio.

Meanwhile, the White House knew when Trump said that he’d reached out to all the Gold Star families that it was a lie, and Trump’s staff spent last week scrambling to send condolence letters overnight to family members.

Finally, speaking of military service, John McCain would like to remind everyone not-so-subtly that Trump was basically a draft dodger:

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