Anderson Cooper blasts Trump for using Gen. Kelly’s dead son as political fodder

Yesterday, Donald Trump used the dead son of his chief of staff, General John Kelly, as political fodder.

Trump was fighting back against a growing chorus of condemnation over his failure to reach out to the family of four US service members who died two weeks ago in Niger. When asked the other day about why he hadn’t even mentioned the soldiers’ deaths, Trump lashed out and blamed Obama and previous presidents, claiming falsely that they too never reached out to the families of our fallen service members.

Caught in yet another ever-growing Web of lies and ego, Trump then, incredibly, invoked General Kelly’s son who died in service in Afghanistan. Kelly never talks about his son Robert. But Trump was happy to use the American hero as his own personal political human shield.

Anderson Cooper weighed in. It’s a must-watch.


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  • TheAngryFag

    Dear Anderson,

    Did you blast anyone for using your now ex-friend Kathy Griffin for appearing in a Tyler Shields photo holding a children’s Halloween mask with ketchup on it when she was used as political fodder?

  • Tom Ersin
  • Nelson Kerr

    Using Kelly’s kid that way, the way trump did, would be obscene,

  • d3clark

    I see your point. But I’m not sure that anyone should discuss this with Kelly. Just because the soulless Trump reopened wounds doesn’t mean that other journalists should.

  • woodroad34

    Trump uses Tu quoque arguments all the time..they are arguments of a weak mind and don’t overwrite the wrong being done. Whatever happened or didn’t happen to John Kelly’s son has no bearing on the sociopathic behavior of Trump. Trump is cruel and without empathy. If his behavior isn’t sociopathic (intentional hurtfulness), it’s certainly autistic in the fact he can’t discern how to be empathetic–he relies on going through the physical motions without emotions and wonders why people have it in for him.

  • basenjilover

    Oh blah blah, Cooper. Why doesn’t enabler Cooper ask the question directly at John Kelly if Obama talked to him about his son? Be a fricking “journalist” for once.

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