Following the fatal October 4th attack of 12 U.S. soldiers in Niger, Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Myeisha Johnson received a call from President Donald Trump. Johnson was on her way to identify her husband’s body with Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson. #IBelieveFrederica is now trending on Twitter after Wilson claimed that President Trump stated to Ms. Johnson, “[Sgt. Johnson] must have known what he signed up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”
Ms. Johnson had put President Trump on speakerphone, allowing Wilson to listen in. Trump denied Wilson’s claim after critics questioned his thoughtless remark. But now the American public is battling over the he-said-she-said scenario using the trending hashtag.
Sgt. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, was present for the first phone call from the White House to Myeisha, and she stands by Myeisha and Wilson’s claim regarding Trump’s irreverence toward the situation.
Trump responded to Wilson’s allegations via Twitter, but did not elaborate on what proof he had that the conversation went otherwise. He and his supporters have since accused Wilson of politicizing a tragic event.
American citizens are now divided about the incident and taking to Twitter to show their distaste for the opposing argument. There are the believers —
— and the nonbelievers.
Unfortunately, this back and forth arguing isn’t going to change the Johnson family’s loss. Only those who were there for the conversation between Trump and Sgt. Johnson’s widow know the truth of what was said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones during the Niger attack. And we hope for the sake of the Johnson family that peace amidst the uproar will soon be found.