“Lordy I hope there are tapes.”
Remember that? That was James Comey calling Donald Trump’s bluff when the President threatened Comey via tweet with recordings that supposedly documented the conversations between the two men.
Well on Wednesday morning, having learned absolutely nothing from that experience, Trump threatened Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida) in a similar fashion, as follows:
That of course references Wilson’s claim that Trump told the widow of a fallen soldier killed in Niger that the deceased “knew what he was signing up for.”
This is another self-created crisis. Trump decided it was a good idea to suggest that his predecessor never called the families of fallen soldiers and then, when he was rebuked by everyone and after trying (and failing) to walk back the claim, he dispatched Sarah Huckabee Sanders to dig up (figuratively) John Kelly’s dead son in order to “prove” that Obama didn’t always make personal calls.
Needless to say, that is all kinds of ridiculous and if you didn’t know any better you’d think it was an Onion story. But that is exactly what’s happened over the past 48 hours and you can read all about it in our original post this morning and also in our previous posts here and here.
Well now, Trump is in the position of having to clarify what exactly he means by “proof” and for her part, Frederica Wilson doesn’t think he’s got any. Here, listen:
Yes, “I am not the only person who was in the car.”
Now here’s Trump:
I see, well this should be easy to solve, right? I mean after all, the White House surely has the transcripts. Here’s the official statement:
The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.
Yeah. That’s what we thought.