A Florida woman is grieving the loss of her husband Army Sgt. La David Johnson. She's thinking about the orphaned children her husband left behind, probably wondering how she will parent a six-year-old, a toddler, and an unborn child who will never know her father.
But down in Florida, Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson is enjoying her newfound fame after she politicized the president's call to the widow. According to a local news report, Wilson is even laughing.
"You mean to tell me that I've become so important that the White House is following me and my words?" she said laughing, according to a report by Miami 7 News. "This is amazing. That's amazing. I'll have to tell my kids that I'm a rock star now."
Hours earlier, White House chief of staff John Kelly told reporters he "was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing." A former Marine Corps general, Kelly knows about sacrifice. He buried his own son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, who was killed in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan.
"A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the president of the United States to a young wife, and in his way tried to express that opinion that he's a brave man, a fallen hero. He knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted," Kelly said.
"There's no reason to enlist. He enlisted, and he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. That was the message," Kelly concluded. "That was the message that was transmitted."
While Wilson was enjoying the media spotlight, her staff was smart enough to put out a statement on her behalf. A spokesperson said the Democrat will not be making any further comment on the issue because the focus should be on helping a grieving widow and family heal, not on her or Donald Trump." But maybe that staffer could teach Wilson some empathy. Maybe the congresswoman could even learn how to apologize — or at very least learn not to laugh publicly while a widow grieves.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.