Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) hit back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president accused her of “totally fabricating” her account of his call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of slain U.S. Army Sgt. David Johnson.
During an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Wilson again knocked Trump for allegedly telling Johnson that her late husband “knew what he was signing up for” when he joined the Army, and she said it spoke to the president’s overall lack of empathy for other human beings.
“He doesn’t even know how to sympathize with people,” Wilson said. “We’re grieving — this is a grieving community trying to do the very best we can holding up our family, who has paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is disgraceful for him to even tweet about this.”
She then said that the incident once again raises questions about Trump’s mental and moral fitness for the office of the presidency.
“This gentleman has a brain disorder,” she said. “And he needs to be checked out.”
Earlier in the interview, Wilson called Trump a “sick man” after she was told Trump accused her of fabricating his conversation with Johnson. Wilson insisted that she had proof of what Trump said, and noted that there were multiple people in the car with her who heard what Trump had said.
She also promoted a GoFundMe page raising money to help pay the the Johnson children’s education.
Watch the full interview, split in two segments, below.
Audience breaks into applause as Vindman explains why he’s not afraid of testifying against Trump
Republican efforts to undermine Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman apparently failed to persuade the audience in the impeachment hearing room.
The National Security Council staffer was showered with applause after reading the closing portions of his opening statement for a second time at the request of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).
"Can you read the last paragraph for me again, the second-to-last one, can you read that again for me?" Maloney said. "I think the American public deserves to have it again."
Vindman agreed, and said his father would probably appreciate that.
"Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family," Vindman said. "Do not worry, I'll be fine for telling the truth."
Schiff gives Republicans a lesson on fact witnesses after they complain officials haven’t used the word ‘bribery’
As the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's alleged attempts to pressure Ukraine's government into investigating his political rivals continues, Democrats have shifted to characterizing Trump's actions as "bribery" to describe how he allegedly offered Ukraine military aid on the condition that its government investigate the Bidens.
In a bid to counter the Democrats’ narrative, some Republicans have pointed out that none of the witnesses have used the word “bribery” during the impeachment inquiry’s hearings. Today, House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a moment to clarify why that is.
‘I did my job’: Lt. Col Vindman fends off Jim Jordan’s disrespectful attack on his service
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a national security aide, pushed back on suggestions made by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that he failed to do his job correctly when he reported President Donald Trump's alleged attempted bribery of Ukraine's president.
At a House impeachment hearing, Jordan asked Vindman why he had gone to a attorney for an advice on Trump's behavior after he was unable to report it to a supervisor.
"You not only didn't go to your boss... you went straight to your lawyer," Jordan said.
"I did my core function, which is coordination," Vindman explained. "I spoke to the appropriate people within the inner-agency and then circling back around, [my attorney] told me not to talk to anybody."