Twitter Rips Into Trump's Past Attacks On Generals After WH Says Disputing Generals 'Highly Inappropriate'

Mohit Priyadarshi

Twitter ripped into Donald Trump and unearthed his past attacks on military generals after the White House said that the press disputing generals was "highly inappropriate," reports The Hill.

It all started when White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired four-star general, attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson after the latter accused Donald Trump of deriding La David Johnson's widow and family during a condolence phone he made this past week. Wilson claimed that Trump said Sgt. Johnson "knew what he signed up for," an accusation that channeled a wave of fury against the president for his perceived insensitivity when handling phone calls to families of fallen military personnel.

Kelly came out in defense of Trump, disputing Wilson's version of the phone call and questioning her motives in the past, attacking her for allegedly bragging about having secured a federal aid through then President Barack Obama to build an FBI field office dedicated to two agents who had died during a gunfight. Kelly reprimanded Wilson for being an "empty barrel" and for hogging the limelight on the somber occasion.

"And a congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President [Barack] Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down. And we were stunned, stunned that she'd done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned."

"Today, it is our patriotic duty to lift up Special Agent Benjamin Grogan and Special Agent Jerry Dove from the street in South Florida, and place their names and pictures high, where the world will know that we are proud of their sacrifice, their sacrifice for our nation."

"It is unfortunate that the sacrifice of brave people such as these two agents or the four soldiers killed in Niger can get overwhelmed by the petty name-calling of politics. That is a point Mr. Kelly was trying to make Thursday, and that he undercut with his misrepresentation of Ms. Wilson. He needs to set the record straight."

"If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that's up to you. But I think that if you want to get into a debate with a 4-star Marine general, that's something that's highly inappropriate," Sanders said.

At which point, Twitter completely lost its cool.

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