Following a stunning claim by Democrat Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson against President Donald Trump, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly suggested that many in the mainstream media are using an unsubstantiated report to levy attacks against Trump.
On Tuesday, Wilson told multiple media outlets, including CNN, that Trump told the widow of one of the four U.S. servicemen who were killed during an Oct. 4 attack in Niger that “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”
According to Time Magazine, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, and Sgt. La David Johnson were killed, while two others were injured during the attack carried out by more than 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters.
Wilson claimed she was present when the call took place between Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of La David Johnson.
However, O’Reilly said the situation feels like a set-up from the mainstream media to attack Trump.
“No proof needed for the media which immediately reported the Congresswoman’s allegations as truth,” he wrote on Twitter.
O’Reilly suggested the media assumes Wilson is telling the truth and Trump is lying despite no proof being made available to the public.
“I don’t know what was said, and neither does any other member of the press. But this whole thing has the look of a setup, does it not?” he asked.
No proof needed for the media which immediately reported the Congresswoman’s allegations as truth. https://t.co/ABeoVbMiXH
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) October 18, 2017
Trump denied the claims Wednesday in a series of tweets, suggesting he has proof of what was really said during the phone call.
“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump said.
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
In response to Trump’s tweet, Wilson told CNN host Alisyn Camerota Wednesday on “New Day” that she stood firm in her claims.
“I have proof, too,” Wilson said. “This man is a sick man.”
Wilson claimed that Johnson’s widow “broke down” after her phone call with Trump because she said the president “didn’t even know his name.”
“I have no reason to lie (to) the President of the United States with a dead soldier in my community. I have no time, I have no motive,” she added, as reported by The Hill, explaining that she was the elementary school principal of Johnson’s father and knew the family.
In a subsequent interview with ABC News, Wilson admitted that she “didn’t hear the entire conversation.”
When pushed to be more specific on the contents of Trump’s remarks to Johnson, Wilson said she “just can’t remember everything that he (Trump) said. But that stood out in everyone’s heart on the call. You don’t say that.”
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