Your View: Kelly's response to Gold Star family was shameful

Published on Monday, 30 October 2017 20:12
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To the Editor:

On Oct. 26th you published a letter from Lou Salvio. Mr. Salvio took three paragraphs to explain how he and his family came to be a Gold Star Family. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a family member who was in the service of defending our country deserves our respect and gratitude.

That being said, that status does not give Mr. Salvio license to spread lies. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, used his Gold Star status to appear before the White House Press Corps and make claims about Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson that were instantly proven to be false. No equivocation, no question, his claims about her were completely untrue.

If the family of a fallen soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, is upset with what they felt was the tone of the phone call while they were in a car on their way to pick up his body, so be it.. Anyone with an ounce of decency and empathy would have immediately said “I’m so sorry, that was certainly never my intent.” But not from this White House.

John Kelly checked his integrity at the door and Lou Salvio piled on. Rep. Wilson has now been subjected to thousands of racist rants and death threats. More good work by white men in positions of power who use it to suit their own ends. There have been no retractions or apologies and that is just shameful.

Equally shameful, Mr. Salvio, you never once referred to Sgt. La David Johnson by name. Apparently it is more important to be just another water carrier for a tone deaf, insensitive president.

Kathi Howell-Talmont

New Britain

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Monday, 30 October 2017 20:12. Updated: Monday, 30 October 2017 20:14.