The fake news media has spent days fixated on the phony controversy of how Donald Trump spoke to Gold Star families.

The story spun out of control when one grandstanding Democrat member of Congress fired off incendiary accusations at the President.

But Chief of Staff General John Kelly ended that Democrats career with two devastating words.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), who is best known for sporting bedazzled cowboy hats, kicked off the latest anti-Trump feeding frenzy when she claimed Trump was insensitive in a call with Myeshia Johnson – the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson who was one of four American soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger.

The media reveled in the widow’s grief and used the story to paint Trump as an insensitive boor.

General John Kelly crushed that narrative in one command performance in the White House press briefing room.

General Kelly recounted how when his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, the only calls that mattered came from his fellow soldiers he served with.

President Obama did not call him.

And when General Kelly assumed the position of Chief of Staff, he counseled President Trump not to make these calls.

He delved into agonizing detail the grief a family endures when a loved one is killed in action.

Kelly made the point this is a sacrifice few understand when he took questions, but first said he would only do so from Gold Star members of the press.

No one raised their hand.

He then asked for questions from those who knew a Gold Star family.

Only a few reporters could step up.

It was a subtle yet forceful takedown of the news media that has no connection to the sacrifice military members and their families make, but will gladly exploit an unthinkable tragedy for political gain.

But Kelly saved his wrath for Congresswoman Wilson.

He destroyed her by dismissing her as “an empty barrel.”

Breitbart reports:

“Kelly referred to Wilson as an “empty barrel” noting that they are the ones “making the most noise.”

He recalled a callous speech he witnessed from Wilson at the dedication of an FBI field office in 2015, where she reminded everyone that she was the one that delivered the funding, while others were remembering slain FBI agents for whom the building was dedicated.

“We were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned,” Kelly said soberly. “But none of us went to the press and criticized. none of us stood up and were appalled.”

Kelly urged journalists to remember the importance of revering the institution of the military and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“I still hope as you write your stories and I would appeal to America that let’s not let this maybe be last thing that’s held sacred in our society,” he said.”

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