Update: Frederica Wilson has taken her rhetoric up a few notches by declaring the White House is “full of white supremacists.”
Somewhere in the unofficial left-wing playbook, there must be instructions that tell liberals if they have no other avenue from which to attack their opponents or defend their idiocy, play the race card. That’s what Representative Frederica Wilson did when she couldn’t go toe-to-toe with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
“And a congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President (Barack) Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down,” Kelly said. “And we were stunned, stunned that she’d done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.”
The phrase that has Wilson calling Kelly a racist is “empty barrel.” Unrelated note: it turns out Kelly’s claim may actually be false. That still doesn’t make the phrase racist.
“That’s a racist term,” Wilson told CNN on Friday morning. “We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel. And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that.”
Look, I get it. She found herself on the wrong side of a losing argument and decided she needed to pull out the big guns: the race card. It works every time, right? Call someone a racist, get Twitter riled up, and by the end of the day they’re begging for mercy, resigning from their posts, and hiding somewhere in a northwest US forest.
Here’s the problem. Whatever dictionary Wilson was using that told her “empty barrel” is a racist phrase, it’s not one we could find through Google. Perhaps she’s confusing the dictionary with Rules for Radicals.
Backed into a corner, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), the congresswoman who attacked President Trump over his phone call to a Gold Star widow, is now playing the race card in her duel with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for defending his boss against her political cheap shots.
Speaking with CNN on Friday morning, Wilson said that John Kelly is a “racist” for calling her an “empty barrel” when criticizing her for listening in to the President’s phone call and then using it as an opportunity for political points.
ENOUGH ALREADY! Dem Rep. Wilson claims Kelly’s ’empty barrel’ comment was RACIST (video) – twitchy.com
‘He can’t just go on TV and lie on me.’ Yes, Wilson, you’re the victim here. You poor thing you.
Oh and she claims she looked the phrase ’empty barrel’ up in the Dictionary and it’s a racist term.
Seriously? No. If you look up the definition of ’empty barrel’ it is NOT racist: Many people say it originated with Plato as an empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers but there’s actually no evidence he said that. Others say it came down from the Romans as empty pots make the most noise.
Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson might have won her a spot as one of the most disgusting people in politics after she literally laughed off a heartfelt, and touching moment by Gen. John Kelly about his fallen soldiers, then later followed that up by accusing him of racism.
Wilson had been attacking Trump over a call she had listened in on to a Florida Gold Star widow who had lost her husband. Wilson stirred a media circus over the call, saying Trump was callous toward the family with phrases like “he knew what he was getting into.”
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) October 20, 2017
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) October 20, 2017
— Michael Evon (@EvonDesign) October 19, 2017
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) October 20, 2017
I will say that I'm normally an advocate for ridiculous hats. But a silly hat doesn't make Frederica Wilson any less vile.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 20, 2017
Her 15-minutes of fame should already be done, but she’s doing everything she can to keep her cowboy hat in the spotlight. It doesn’t matter whether she’s right or wrong. This type of exposure is election gold for unknowns in Congress, so expect her to milk it for all it’s got.