The president’s latest snit with a gold star family once again has Donald Trump denying the obvious.
The president, in a call with the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, a soldier killed in Niger, insensitively dismissed her loss by saying that her husband “knew what he’d signed up for,” even though the Commander in Chief didn’t seem to know the soldier’s name.
The president’s behavior was first reported by a Democratic congresswoman and later confirmed by the widow’s family and others who were in the president’s limo, but Trump took to Twitter to insist that everyone is simply making this up.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Sad indeed. Especially sad considering all the other nonsensical claims for which the president supposedly had proof.
Trump has claimed to have proof of other conversations before, but never produced it
Remember when Muslims were dancing for joy in New Jersey after the terrorist attacks of September 11? President Trump does, and when confronted with the fact that this did not, in fact, happen, Trump doubled down, insisting it had been “well covered at the time.”
That coverage would constitute proof of Trump’s assertion, but so far, none of that coverage has surfaced.
Remember when the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign? Trump does, and he even insisted a “good lawyer could make a great case” to prove it. But a great case requires proof, or at least some evidence, which Trump has yet to provide.
This latest proofless claim of proof is reminiscent of Trump’s exchanges with James Comey, who lost his job as FBI director because of his reports of Trump’s attempts to undermine the independence of the bureau in his conversations.
Trump denied Comey’s account and suggested that tapes exist that would vindicate Trump’s version of the exchange. It wasn’t until weeks later that Trump finally admitted that no such tapes exist. Hence, no proof.
In this case, White House Press Secretary has admitted up front that there is no recording of the phone conversation with Sgt. Johnson’s family, and, given that only a recording would actually constitute proof, the emperor once again has no clothes.
Or, at the very least, no proof.
(Photo of President Donald Trump speaking with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on October 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. by Kevin Dietsch-Pool)