Rep. Frederica Wilson's, D-Fla., public criticism of a recent phone call President Trump made to a Gold Star family member left White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly "stunned" and "brokenhearted," he said on Thursday.
At the daily press briefing, Kelly defended Trump's call to the grieving family of Sgt. La David Johnson and ripped into Wilson, referring to her twice as an "empty barrel." His remarks, in which Kelly reflected on the loss of his own son in Afghanistan, left the briefing room silent.
But at least one liberal nonprofit had something to say. Reacting to Kelly's "empty barrel" comment, Planned Parenthood's (c)(4) arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, tweeted: "This is part of a pattern of Trump admin attacking & undermining Black women. It's despicable. We stand with @RepWilson & all Black women."
This is part of a pattern of Trump admin attacking & undermining Black women. Its despicable. We stand with @RepWilson & all Black women. https://t.co/5C3YYtpkLK— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) October 19, 2017
That's right. After Kelly's heartfelt comments, PPAF wasted little time in accusing him of "attacking & undermining Black women." Never mind that the entire purpose of the call in question was to comfort a black woman, the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed on Oct. 4.
Reasonable people can disagree about the phone call, and reasonable people can disagree about the president. Reasonable people can even disagree about Kelly's decision to work for him. But there can be no disagreement over Kelly's decency. Planned Parenthood should probably find another target for its shameless race-baiting.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.