The internet did not take it likely after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, revealed that her condolence call with US President Donald Trump “made me cry even worse”, speaking publicly for the first time on Monday about a call that became a national controversy.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
The Gold Star widow also said that Trump forgot her husband’s name – countering a tweet in which Trump said that he “spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017
Nineteen days after her husband was killed in action in west Africa, Myeshia Johnson told Good Morning America about her call with Trump.
“Very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse,” she said.
Here’s the full interview with Myeshia Johnson, widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/1pbqEonlH0
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 23, 2017
She said the president told her in the call last week that her husband “‘knew what he signed up for’, but it hurts anyways. And it made me cry cause I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said he couldn’t remember my husband’s name.
“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name,” she said. “And that’s what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name? That’s what made me upset and cry even more.”
The internet swiftly reacted to the development.
Dear Myeshia Johnson,
We all remember your heroic husband’s name, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, even if Trump doesn’t.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 23, 2017
There it is. The president now accusing Myeshia Johnson, a Gold Star widow, of lying. https://t.co/R0lpxbnOEM
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 23, 2017
If Myeshia Johnson were white Donald Trump wouldn’t be attacking her. But Trump’s a white supremacist & this is how white supremacist’s act.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 23, 2017
Hopefully this puts an end to President Trump’s obnoxious rants & attacks on the Truth!
Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: “Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100% correct.”
Myeshia Johnson & #FedericaWilson deserve an apology
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) October 23, 2017
Myeshia Johnson deserves the highest respect from our country 💙
— Mara McEwin (@maramcewin) October 23, 2017
Trouble started after Trump was asked by a reporter why he hadn’t addressed the deadly Niger mission for nearly two weeks after it occurred.
He went on to say that previous presidents didn’t always call the families of fallen service members, and invoked the death of his chief of staff’s son in commenting on the practices of President Obama following military casualties.