Gen. John Kelly is being accused of “racism” against Rep. Frederica Wilson after he derided her for sharing the contents of Trump’s condolence call with a Gold Star family.
Gen. Kelly criticized Rep. Wilson during Thursday’s White House press briefing, stating that he was “brokenhearted” that she tried to politicize Trump’s call with the family. But liberals have pounced on the idea that Gen. Kelly’s criticism is due to Wilson’s race and gender. (FACT CHECK: Is ‘Empty Barrel’ A Racist Term?)
Alencia Johnson, a top Planned Parenthood employee and former employee of Barack Obama, reduced Gen. Kelly’s comments to “attacking Black women.” The official Planned Parenthood Twitter account echoed that sentiment, writing, “This is part of a pattern of Trump admin attacking & undermining Black women.”
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, meanwhile, accused Gen. Kelly of “dehumanizing” a black woman and ranted about Gen. Kelly’s alleged “racist” upbringing because he attended a segregated school.
“I understand the disagreement nature and some of it is deeply personal for him as a gold star father,” O’Donnell said. “But I was stunned, stunned when I watched him demonize her and very deliberately continue to dehumanize her and refuse to give her the dignity of a name and call her an empty barrel. He went out of his way to do it.”
“He clearly didn’t want to hear what a black woman said,” an editor for Vulture tweeted about Gen. Kelly.
For her own part, Rep. Wilson said that the “empty barrel” comment is specifically racist, even though she also admitted she had never heard the term before.
WATCH: Frederica Wilson Calls Kelly’s ‘Empty Barrel’ Comments ‘Racist’
You read about the media calling Gen. Kelly ‘RACIST’. NOW WATCH how one Gold Star widow interpreted a Trump call a bit differently.