October 20, 2017 (bears repeating)
General Kelly. We share a family name. My mother’s people.
And I listened because I thought: the phone call fiasco was a low point–for the country–especially as #45 disparaged previous Presidents to elevate himself–once again–in the face of heartbreaking loss.
And at first, seeing Kelly at the podium, I thought: A grownup in the room.
However, when he began with the specifics of wrapping and then icing and then delivering a body (which interested me having as the daughter & granddaughter of surgeons, Army, West Point, USMA, and having worked in the morgue as a young woman), I began to smell an agenda.
But I kept on listening, even after the comment, “If you’re not in the family,” which I know is a sentiment of the forces but not one I expect to hear from the White House addressing the nation on behalf of the administration. A bit chilling, that.
And still, I stayed open-minded, though increasingly suspicious with statements like these:
“He knew what he was getting into.”
(The same phrase as #45; the one he denied using is the phrase you said you told him to use, that he used, that he said is a lie?)
“It stuns me that a member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation.” (Huh? How could someone listen in? Unless they were invited? Or taping it, illegally? Was she with Trump or the family or ???)
“I don’t believe President Obama called.” (Don’t believe?)
But it was this that stopped me in my listening tracks:
“You know, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor.”
STOP RIGHT THERE.
You don’t get to say that.
Not about the past.
And definitely not when you are representing #45.
(And don’t get me started with “looked upon,” and “things”)
And you don’t get to add “life” and “religion.”
And “Gold-Star families,” really?
And finally, “Empty-barrel. Empty-barrel. Empty-barrel.” (Women, sacred?)
and “President Obama,” (Aha.)
And that’s when I turned it off.
Discouraged as a woman. And a citizen. And a human being. And fearful of the kinds of alliances being shaped between the military and a dysfunctional, lying, self-aggrandizing leader.