On Sunday morning, Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL) went on MNSBC’s AM Joy to enjoy a little bit more of the spotlight from the Gold Star widow controversy she helped stir up and once again accuse retired General John Kelly of lying and making racially charged statements about her. In response, President Trump did what he does best: picked up his cell phone and took out “wacky” Wilson in 140 characters or less.
In her interview on Sunday morning, Wilson described Gen. Kelly as a “puppet of the president” and accused him of having “basically just lied on me.”
“I have been in politics a long time, and most things don’t bother me, you know, it just rolls off my back,” said the Democrat, wearing yet another one of her bizarre hats. “I have been lied on before, but the character assassination that he went through to call me out of my name — an ’empty barrel’ — and all the work that I’ve done in this community … Not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people, because when he lied on me, he lied to them.”
Trump responded to Wilson’s statements by issuing one of his trademark tweets, complete with a newly minted nickname for the Democrat.
“Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems,” he wrote. “You watch her in action & vote R!”
Wilson’s two major accusations against Kelly are largely baseless. Her claim that the phrase he used to describe her — an “empty barrel” — is “racist” is unfounded. The term, which Kelly has used in the past, simply means a person who clamors loudly but is empty of substance. The phrase has no racial connotations:
Whoever came up with the “empty barrel” terminology, it is meant to be an insult, meaning the person is loud without much content. However, there were no readily findable definitions that deemed “empty barrel” as a racist term. Wilson denied being in Congress when funding for the building at the center of the “empty barrel” comment was appropriated. It wasn’t the first time that Kelly had used the “empty barrel” term, according to Fox News. Kelly got the “empty barrels” term from his mother.
The supposed “lie” Kelly leveled against her comes from his comment that she used the construction of a building named in the honor of two fallen FBI agents to glorify herself, saying, she “stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building.”
Wilson is declaring Kelly a “liar” over a technicality; she did not help obtain funding for the building, but she did overtly use her role in getting the project completed for self-aggrandizement, as you can read here.