The President Offered a $25K Check to a Grieving Military Parent and Then Didn't Give It to Him

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Amidst fallout from a US congresswoman’s claim that Trump told a grieving military widow her husband “must have known what he signed up for,” it’s emerged that the president offered a grieving military father $25,000 over the phone after the father in question, a construction worker, noted that his ex-wife would receive all survivor benefits. Then, according to the father, Trump never sent the check. ?!?!? “The check has been sent,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement. Ah. “It’s disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and sincere gesture, made privately by the President, and using it to advance the media’s biased agenda.” [Washington Post]
  • This story about Sen. Thad Cochran is really something. [Politico]
  • Roy Moore, a theocratic lunatic who is polling even with Democratic opponent Doug Jones for Alabama Senate, doesn’t seem to have a real good handle on the First Amendment. [The Hill]
  • Twitter allowed a Russian troll farm masquerading as the Tennessee Republican Party to stay on their website for 11 months, despite being repeatedly warned by the actual Tennessee GOP. [BuzzFeed]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.



So, full disclosure: I was an army wife for a period, divorced my ex who is still a soldier, and we are both happily remarried and we all get along, lalala

As a former army wife, as someone who has sent the father of my children off to fucking war, as someone who knew every day that that day could be the one I had to take a call like that, for over a year at a time, as someone who has lived that life- he can can go fuck himself. Of course they all know what they signed up for. They know, their spouses know, their children know before they’re potty trained.

He doesn’t understand, he will never understand, that this isn’t about him. His job in this case, as unpleasant and uncomfortable as it may be, is to represent the country, and convey his sincere gratitude and condolences, on my behalf. On your behalf.

Respect the office. Ha! What I’d give to have even Bush jr back in office. He was terrible, incompetent, corrupt, easily manipulated, and a host of other sins, but he at least had the good grace to sound sad when prompted.

I don’t care if general Kelly is just trying to keep the lights on, everyone who is affiliated with or has even an ounce of respect for the military would have completely understood if he had resigned immediately after having his son used so blatantly and inaccurately.

I’m disgusted angry sad worried nauseous. Just...fuck him. He’s terrible and he won’t live long enough to see the damage he’s inflicted, not that he’s capable of seeing anything not gold plated in the first damn place.