Army Officer Just Went Viral Reacting To Trump’s “He Knew What He Signed Up For” Controversy

Yesterday, the President is embroiled himself in controversy when, after waiting nearly two weeks to even address their deaths at all, Trump finally called the widow of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson only to tell her, “He must have known what he signed up for.”

Upon seeing the President’s words, Brandon Friedman, an infantry officer who did two tours of combat, struck back at Trump with a Twitter thread that quickly went viral.

La David Johnson was lost in an ambush with Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons. It is unclear if President Trump has contacted those families yet.

The President has spent the past few days insinuating that President Obama had failed to console the grieving families of fallen soldiers in a timely fashion to cover up the fact that Trump simply didn’t care enough to respond to their deaths until he was publicly forced to by the media.

While excusing his own delay, Trump claimed that while he has “traditionally” called the families of slain soldiers, past presidents “didn’t make calls.”

“The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens — soldiers are killed,” Trump said. “It’s a very difficult thing. Now it gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day. For me that’s by far the toughest. So the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Both sides of the aisle quickly condemned the statement, including former Obama administration officials who chimed in in what has become a widely-derided and easily debunked claim by a President with a tenuous grasp of reality and even more tenuous relationship with facts.

Within 15 minutes of making his statement, when Trump was pressed on his claim, he quickly backtracked, claiming instead that he was “told” Obama didn’t call the families of slain soldiers.

“And a lot of presidents don’t, they write letters. … I do a combination of both. Sometimes, it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn’t, I don’t know, that’s what I was told,” Trump said.

When the bodies of the four men killed in Niger were brought back to America, Donald Trump was golfing.

For a man who has spent the past two weeks complaining that NFL players kneeling during the anthem is “disrespectful to our troops” to then be openly disrespectful to a fallen soldier is not only mindbogglingly hypocritical but leagues beneath the dignity of the office he holds.

The Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces should know better than to ever think that American lives are dispensable.

Add your name to millions demanding Congress take action on the President’s crimes. IMPEACH TRUMP & PENCE!

Brian Tyler Cohen

Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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