President Trump had a messy week after he made a comment accusing former President Obama and his other predecessors of not calling the families of fallen military servicemen and women; a claim which was quickly debunked before spreading into a much wider issue.
The debacle all started after an ambush in Niger left four military members dead, and left the press wondering why the White House had made no official comment about the incident.
After Trump's remarks about calling "virtually" all Gold Star families, many cried foul, saying that they hadn't received a phone call from Trump. One family even alleged that they were promised $25,000 by the president, which they had yet to receive.
Lying about crowd size is stupid. Lying about Renoir painting is pathological. Lying about contacting Gold Star Fam… https://t.co/gP0uap9HdB— Ana Navarro (@Ana Navarro)1508585154.0
Then came the bombshell revelation by Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson that Trump had called the grieving widow of one of the fallen Niger soldiers and she had overheard him making some insensitive comments. Trump flatly denied the accusation, despite other family members of the soldier's family corroborating Wilson's version of events.
This led to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly attempting to discredit Wilson's account, and to Kelly going after Wilson's character by bringing up her allegedly inappropriate behavior at a 2015 event. Unfortunately for Kelly, there was video of the event that showed he wasn't exactly truthful in his recollection.
Sun-Sentinel has video of @RepWilson in 2015 speech that John Kelly assailed https://t.co/Q7jl0BMd4K— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1508518451.0
When asked to comment on the situation, Sanders suggested that questioning a former general was inappropriate, which led to the surfacing of multiple instances where Trump did just that.
And the story may not even be over, as Trump continues his attacks against Rep. Wilson on Twitter.
On Sunday, almost a week after his initial comments, he tweeted out:
Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems. You watch her in action & vote R!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1508673751.0
If that all sounds a bit hard to follow, Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump made a helpful flowchart to show how everything went down:
Made a graphic visualization of all of the White House mistakes that turned this week into a mess. https://t.co/na4tw3YBRk— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump)1508591812.0
Let's take a closer look:
Twitter was floored by the diagram:
It's just exhausting that the only way to make sense of the downpour of nonsense that is every day is to see it dia… https://t.co/hN5HO9GvOX— Chad McEvoy (@Chad McEvoy)1508619864.0
Specific example of routine incompetence, deceitfulness, and demagoguery from this WH. They have no shame but shoul… https://t.co/WS9IVIs52x— Helen Sonner (@Helen Sonner)1508596732.0
Cascading mistakes. One lie after another. https://t.co/BoJZ0esAah— Steve Lieber (@Steve Lieber)1508596085.0
This is awesome it's like following the path of a hurricane as it crashes through a city it's like a monkey with a… https://t.co/g302Rs4XDi— Text RESIST to 50409 (@Text RESIST to 50409)1508596101.0
And for a multitude of reasons:
That he didn't call isn't the issue. That he lies about the calls and causes hurt because he can't show empathy, is… https://t.co/XqrmOvYfRG— @Joellimoguy (@@Joellimoguy)1508621556.0
Trump always makes it about himself Even when it should be about the soldiers and their families https://t.co/FZf4vH45CS— VW (@VW)1508595670.0
Competence, humility, empathy, and compassion would have averted everything after the first box. A pity those trait… https://t.co/njNMJqSaYv— Travis S. McClain, Veteran of the Crohn Wars (@Travis S. McClain, Veteran of the Crohn Wars)1508597181.0
Still, it's pretty impressive to see:
This is one of the greatest flowcharts I've ever seen. https://t.co/ifcCr08JhT— Jeffrey Pu (@Jeffrey Pu)1508625844.0
Pretty amazing to see it all laid out like this... https://t.co/VckStjDclc— Joshua Holland (@Joshua Holland)1508604924.0
Bump might be onto something:
I hope these flow charts become the norm for coverage of the shifting stands of political figures @pbump… https://t.co/VZtqfwDPq7— Stephen Farnsworth (@Stephen Farnsworth)1508620935.0
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