The Congressional Black Caucus women are demanding an apology from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for the vicious lies he told about Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) 2015 FBI speech and calling her an “empty barrel.”
The CBC women are demanding an apology from Kelly for standing behind the White House podium during the press briefing on Thursday and accusing Rep. Wilson of making her speech at the 2015 dedication of a new FBI building in Miramar, Fla., all about her. The Sun Sentinel release a video of the speech and it shows that Kelly lied.
Here’s the statement from the CBC women:
“The women of the Congressional Black Caucus stand in strong support of our colleague, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Congresswoman Wilson is a woman of impeccable integrity and a dedicated public servant. She is a highly respected Member of Congress who has demonstrated extremely competent leadership on a number of important issues, and we are especially proud of her fearless and uncompromising leadership to fight for the release of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
“We were appalled by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s statements where he called Congresswoman Wilson an ‘empty barrel’ and accused her of taking credit for securing funding for a new FBI Building in Miramar, Florida that was named after two fallen FBI agents, Benjamin Grogan and Jerry Dove. A video of Congresswoman Wilson’s comments on that day has been released, and it provides indisputable proof that she never made any of the statements of which General Kelly falsely accused her.
“General Kelly’s comments are reprehensible. Congresswoman Wilson’s integrity and credibility should not be challenged or undermined by such blatant lies. We, the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, proudly stand with Congresswoman Wilson and demand that General Kelly apologize to her without delay and take responsibility for his reckless and false statements.”
At press time the following CBC women had signed on to the statement: Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Karen Bass (D-CA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Alma Adams (D-NC), Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Val Butler Demings (D-FL). Additional names may be added.
Like I said in previous blog posts, Donald Trump and John Kelly picked the wrong black woman to attack. Rep. Wilson has swung back every single time Trump has attacked her, including saying that he wouldn’t like her to give him a nickname after he called her “wacky” in several tweets. She also slammed John Kelly as a “puppet of the president” who lied about her. She is demanding an apology.