(For me it's probably K: Pride and Prejudice, F: Miss Fisher's, M: Anne.)
(For me it's probably K: Pride and Prejudice, F: Miss Fisher's, M: Anne.)
Any staples I can get in bigger packages — paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, fizzy drinks, canned cat and dog food, coffee, anything else that won't quickly go off — I do, so those tend to last longer than a week, which is how often I do grocery shopping.
So in terms of things I always get when I'm shopping, it's just whatever fresh food we're going to need for the week plus whatever sundries from the above list of which we've run out.
And that tends to change from week to week, and season to season. In hot months, I tend to get more salad type (to eat raw/cold) stuff, and, in cold months, more stew type (to be cooked/eaten hot) stuff.
Jenny Listman: [Content Note: Sexual assault] When I Was Nineteen Years Old, Elie Wiesel Grabbed My Ass
Shay Stewart-Bouley: [CN: Racism; misogyny; abuse] Real Talk Is Sensitive, or How the Truth Is Silenced
Marykate Jasper: [CN: Disablism] Betsy DeVos Just Rescinded 70+ Guidelines That Protect the Rights of Students with Disabilities
Damien Sharkov: [CN: Trans hatred] Putin Ally Wants Transgender People Banned from Russia
Catherine Lizette Gonzalez: [CN: Police brutality] Study: Body Cameras Make No Detectable Difference in Police Use of Force
R.O. Kwon: [CN: Misogyny; white supremacy] The Asian American Women Writers Who Are Going to Change the World
Schuyler Swenson with Hari Kondabolu: Guilty Pleasure: Hari Kondabolu Loves Untamed Heart
Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!
I have had this letter at the top of my to-do list for weeks, but when I finally sat down to write it, I couldn't really think of any reason to do it. You have years and years of this tag and so many previous letters if you're the sort of person who wants to dig really deep, and if you're not, you can stop reading now and go back to just my sign-up.
I could go into great detail about where to find the fandoms I requested and so on, but let's be honest, that would be almost entirely for people who might want to write me treats, not for you.
(Although super-quick: all the links you need for Mr. Trash Wheel are in this entry downtag; Njal's Saga is a medieval Icelandic saga which you could probably get a doctorate in but didn't so all I can suggest is gutenberg or a good modern annotated edition of which there are several in many languages, or if you're really ambitious, you can listen to all 12 Njal's Saga episodes of the SagaThing podcast, which is what motivated me to request it. But also I think of stories as old as Njal's saga as living stories rather than a fixed canon so if you want to just find a good summary and work from that, that would be a-ok with me; Murderbot Diaries is so far just one novella, All Systems Red by Martha Wells that came out this year and is probably available at your local library; Girl With The Silver Eyes is a kids' novel from the '80s that is probably not still at your local library but is definitely on Amazon for cheap, at least in the US; and the Barbara Hambly are both many-volume historical mystery series that are still being published, although I would be ok with side-character fic based on characters that only appear in the first volume of either.)
I could also go into great detail about why I like these canons, but you don't actually need thousands of words of rambling about the fundamental essence of Baltimore and urban solarpunk; or about the parallel roles of Hannibal and Simon in re: the construction of Whiteness and classical monsters as racial metaphors; or the performance of gender and honor in medieval Scandinavia; or about the portrayal of neurodivergence mediated through otherness in SF/F stories; and anyway if I did all that it would be totally misleading because really my reaction to these stories is more GIANT GOOGLY EYES and CHEESE CSI and TALKING CATS and SANCTUARY MOON and I read all the Hambly in a month straight while ill last year so really mostly I just LOVE IT ALL on a very shallow and inarticulate level.
I could go into more about my DNWs but honestly my DNWs are usually more about the spirit of the story than the details so it would be just as likely to make you worry about things you don't need to worry about.
(but real quick: please no environmentalism doomy doom for Trash Wheel- post-apocalyptic would be fine but make it hopeful and optimistic no matter how unrealistic that seems sometimes these days; please no doomy doom for Njal either, like, we all know how it ends, it's in the damn title, but he lived to old age which is pretty much a happy ending given the odds for a saga hero and a lot of other stuff happened before that; for Murderbot I think I covered it pretty well in the letter; Silver Eyes and Hambly I'm pretty much good with whatever as long as it's in the spirit of canon more or less and you're careful with the more sensitive bits of the history in Hambly.)
I could give you more prompts but you read my sign-up; do you actually need more prompts? I mean, let me know, I have plenty, but I kind of suspect you are begging me for fewer prompts at this point.
(Crossovers always good, setting-swap AUs also good, the weirder the better, outsider POVs and background characters always good, worldbuilding and setting always good, basically anything in these canons is fine?)
Anyway here is a link to my previous post of my sign-up just for convenience, it is slightly cleaned up with a few more prompts at this point: Yuletide signup
Most importantly, have fun! I promise nothing you write can ruin yuletide for me.*
*That's not a dare. But you would have to try pretty hard to manage it. Truly.
The things you are feeling right now are valid, no matter how much Donald Trump, his administration of vandals, and large swaths of the corporate media try to gaslight you.
Whether you feel angry, scared, confused, hopeless, resolved to fight, or any combination thereof, those feelings are legitimate.
And you are not alone.
Now all the Good MenTM whose careers were made by Harvey Weinstein are giving dissertations on how great it was that all his victims spoke up, which makes me want to cover the planet in barf, because women are always, always talking about sexual assault, and men endeavor mightily not to hear us until they are shamed into doing so.
So the last thing I want to hear from any of these guys is their congratulations on women's bravery. The only thing I want to hear is: I'm sorry I wasn't listening until now.
George Clooney and Matt Damon are being particularly insufferable, especially because they won't shut up.
Here is them still not shutting up even more, if you care to read any more of their pandering nonsense. I'm only going to highlight one bit, because it is doing my head in.
As for what he hopes to do to be a part of the "major change," Damon quips, "I've been in the business for 20 years. I know a lot of great men in this business and men who don't use their power in that way. I like to feel that I've always done that and that women have always felt safe in the environments I've worked in and the men that I've worked with, the George Clooneys and the Steven Soderberghs [where] the workplace is sacred and valued and equal and fair."Matt Damon just came off a week of trying to convince us that he wasn't aware of the extent of Harvey Weinstein's abuse, but he's totally certain that the (other) "great men" he knows "don't use their power in that way."
Adding, "Everybody's got a new awareness about it now."
He can't have it both ways.
He can't tell us he was clueless about Weinstein's abuses, and simultaneously reassure us that other men he knows aren't leveraging their power to abuse women.
That he doesn't see the inherent conflict there is indisputable proof that he's learned absolutely nothing.
(And even then only if he really had something to learn, as opposed to being a conscious colluder who plays this game as expertly as the predator he's acted to protect.)
"Everybody's got a new awareness" my fat fucking ass.
She was perched on one of those molded-plastic chairs that have depressions for your bottom and your back. She had her legs drawn up to her chest and was concentrated fixedly on her phone. She was pretty, but nervous seeming, someone I'd expect to express themselves in waves of rapid speech.
She was having a Prius fixed. Unrelated to whatever its troubles were, it was missing its rear hubcaps. Before it had been missing one, but now it was missing both. "Oh well--now it's symmetrical," the woman said.
One of the mechanics chatted with her as she was paying, from which he (and I) learned that she'd moved to this area from California, which she'd left because of the--what do you guess? Guess anything! I was thinking she'd say wildfires. (Answer is below the picture.)
She said traffic. Which I know is bad, based on what friends have told me. But so bad that you move state? And not just to a different state, but 3,000 miles away? There's more to this story than meets the eye. Or ear. It's none of my business, but I do wonder.
One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.
So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.
Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.
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Here are some things in the news today:
Earlier today by me: Myeshia Johnson Has Nothing to Say to Donald Trump and Mueller's Investigation Takes a Worrying Turn and Today in War.
In case you have a seen what its purveyors claim is a screencap of Myeshia Johnson's Facebook page going around, in which she appears to support Trump and criticize Rep. Wilson, it's a fake. Because conservatives' depravity knows no boundaries.
Shameless. Right wingers are circulating a fake Facebook post of Myeshia Johnson supposedly exonerating Trump. https://t.co/CyzvPUThqK— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 22, 2017
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In other tendril of the emergent strategy to redirect accusations of Russian collusion onto those who call it out (what I'll henceforth call The Russia Reversal), anti-Putin whistleblower Bill Browder — whom Putin has accused of murdering Sergei Magnitsky (for whom the Magnitsky Act, which Putin hates, is named) — says his U.S. visa has been revoked.
And no less on the very same day that Putin successfully had Browder placed on Interpol's watchlist (again).
Yes it happened on the same day as the Russians issued their 5th Interpol arrest warrant for me https://t.co/5dvgyfvxum— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) October 22, 2017
Not good. Not good at all.
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The New York Times Editorial Board: America's Forever Wars. "The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. While the number of men and women deployed overseas has shrunk considerably over the past 60 years, the military's reach has not. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of deadly attacks, as well as Jordan, Thailand, and elsewhere. An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as 'unknown.' The Pentagon provided no further explanation."
Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast: Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger. "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the chamber's most hawkish members, told host Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that he didn't know until recently that a thousand U.S. troops are stationed in Niger. Graham is on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, tasked with overseeing the Pentagon. ...Graham added that as long as American military activity involves countering 'radical Islamist fundamentalism and the spread of it,' Congress doesn't need to give the Pentagon any special permission since, in his view, the AUMFs that passed in 2001 was sufficient. ...Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chamber's most powerful Democrat, admitted later on the same show that he was just as ignorant as Graham about the number of U.S. troops in Niger. When Todd asked him if he knew previously about the thousand troops there, he said he didn't. 'And what it means, Chuck, for the war authorization, is I agree with Senator [Rand] Paul (R-KY) that we ought to look at this carefully,' Schumer continued."
Everything is fine. *crawls into cannon; fires self directly into sun*
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Philip Rucker, Sean Sullivan, and Paul Kane at the Washington Post: The Great Dealmaker? Lawmakers Find Trump to Be an Untrustworthy Negotiator. Oh wow no shit. Is that because he's a compulsive fucking liar? "Trump campaigned as one of the world's greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, lawmakers in both parties increasingly consider him an untrustworthy, chronically inconsistent, and easily distracted negotiator. As Trump prepares to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to unify his party ahead of a high-stakes season of votes on tax cuts and budget measures, some Republicans are openly questioning his negotiating abilities and devising strategies to keep him from changing his mind."
I love (cough) how people continue to give Trump the benefit of the doubt and insist on Occam's Big Paisley Tie-ing every reason under the sun why Trump does the terrible things he does. "Oh, he's easily distracted." NO HE'S A FUCKING LIAR.
And it happens regarding everything.
Some shrink should examine: Why does Donald Trump take such perverse pleasure in attacking African-Americans?— Bill Press (@bpshow) October 21, 2017
I'm no shrink but I'm pretty sure it's because he's a white supremacist who needs to wreak malice like the rest of us need to breathe. https://t.co/xzWjvLZaAo— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 21, 2017
Jesus fucking Jones. Stop extending this guy good faith and describe what is patently obvious. Goddammit.
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Auditi Guha at Rewire: Flint Faces Critical Deadline to Choose a Water Source. "Three years into the Flint water crisis, the clock is ticking and a federal judge has ordered the city council to clean up its act. City officials must choose a long-term source of drinking water by Monday, U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson ordered in a summary judgment. Judge Lawson noted 'the Council has had abundant opportunities to exercise its prerogatives in choosing a long-term water source, and has failed at every turn through its inaction.' ...Flint activist Melissa Mays told Rewire that she would like to see the city council and the mayor agree on a plan to remain on the Detroit source until all of Flint's tainted infrastructure is replaced and a new water treatment plant is built. 'This way we wouldn't be handing 30 years of payments and control over to Detroit nor would we be making yet another untested water source switch that could poison us all over again by going to the Karegnondi Water Authority,' she said."
Greg Sargent at the Washington Post: Trump Is at Risk of Blowing It on Opioids, a Member of His Own Commission Warns.
[Trump] recently told reporters that he would soon have a "major announcement" on the "massive opioid problem," and people inside the White House are now leaking word that this announcement will herald an all-hands-on-deck push to combat the epidemic.Well, fuck. This is hardly surprising, but it's still depressing at hell to have confirmation of what we all could have guessed.
But members of Trump's own handpicked commission to combat the epidemic aren't nearly as confident, I'm told. They are increasingly worried that the Trump administration will not actually follow through with a robust response, even if he does go before the cameras and declare the crisis a national emergency, and they are increasingly annoyed by the efforts of people inside the administration who are resistant to such a response, one member of the commission says.
In a surprisingly blunt interview with me, Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman from Rhode Island who is a member of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, candidly described the mood on the commission as one racked by pessimism about the president's willingness and ability to follow through with a response that matches the scale of the human disaster that has unfolded.
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[Content Note: Violence; image of injury at link] CBS/AP: Prominent Journalist Stabbed in Her Throat at Moscow Radio Station. "A well-known journalist for Russia's leading news radio station was stabbed in the throat Monday by an unknown attacker who burst into her studio - the latest in a string of attacks on journalists or opposition activists in Moscow. The assailant broke into Ekho Moskvy, which has often been described as Russia's only independent news radio station, and stabbed deputy editor-in-chief Tatyana Felgenhauer, editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov said. Felgenhauer, best known for co-hosting a popular morning radio show, was taken to hospital but her life is not in danger, the station said."
[CN: Torture; death; homophobia] Missing Pop Singer Reportedly Tortured to Death in Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge. "Reports have emerged claiming that pop singer Zelimkhan Bakaev has become the latest victim of Chechnya's anti-gay purge. The singer reportedly went missing in August, and hasn't been heard from since by his family and friends. After fears began to grow for his safety, LGBT+ human rights groups previously thought that Bakaev had been detained. However, sources now believe the Russian singer, 26, was brutally tortured to death by authorities shortly after his arrival into the country, all because of his sexuality."
Let us not mince words about this: If Hillary Clinton were president, she and/or her Secretary of State would be denouncing these attacks on the press in Russia and the torture and murder of LGBTQ people in Chechnya.
Instead, Donald Trump is president, and he is waging his own war on the press and making "jokes" about how Mike Pence wants to hang all gay people.
Fuck every single person who said or implied there was no difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) August 15, 2017
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[CN: Rape culture; description of assault] Guardian/AP: Director James Toback Accused of Sexual Harassment by 38 Women. "The Oscar-nominated writer and director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published by the Los Angeles Times. Many of the women allege Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. Subsequent meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of the women or dry-humping them, according to the accounts. The 72-year-old denied the allegations to LA Times, saying he never met any of the women, or if he had it 'was for five minutes and [I] have no recollection.'" Fuck this guy.
"But Toback amassed a solid body of work over four decades [incl] a sympathetic documentary about boxer Mike Tyson." https://t.co/0DCtmvoeAs— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 22, 2017
[CN: Rape culture] Anemona Hartocollis and Christina Capecchi at the New York Times: 'Willing to Do Everything,' Mothers Defend Sons Accused of Sexual Assault. This is absolutely disgusting. "She described herself as a lifelong Democrat and feminist who went to college in the 1970s at the height of the sexual revolution and women's liberation movements. Her husband and their two sons were 'super respectful' of women, she said. 'We don't really need to teach our sons not to rape,' she said." The fuck you don't.
What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.
I had known bits and pieces of this - one can hardly live in America without knowing it. Alexander's achievement is to put together the evidence in as damning an indictment as one can imagine. The fact that this was written two years into the first Obama administration, and seven years before the inauguration of a white supremacist demagogue, just underscores the seriousness and urgency of its message. Black lives matter.
A booklist which includes Tropic of Cancer and Little Women:
And some of those are Very Long Important Novels but some of them are quite short, and not even short in the sense of 'compressed and elliptical and dense'.
And some of them are challenging reads on account of subject matter but others, really, not so much I would have thought.
And, generically, quite a mishmash.
But a list that includes Clarissa and Coraline?
Okay, some of those books look like set texts that people had to struggle through and then found worth the journey, but others, presumably, are not the kind of books that feature in lit courses.
And some are even in the category I would have considered rattling airport reads...
1. Marcus Weisgerber at Defense One: U.S. Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert.
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.2. Jeff Daniels at CNBC: Trump Executive Order Lets Air Force Recall up to 1,000 Retired Pilots for Active Duty.
That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the "Christmas tree" for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons, and set to take off at a moment's notice.
"This is yet one more step in ensuring that we're prepared," Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. "I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we're prepared going forward."
Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come.
Invoking the National Emergencies Act, [Donald] Trump on Friday signed an executive order that allows the Air Force to voluntarily recall up to 1,000 retired aviators for active duty.3. A massive hacking campaign is underway — and has been for quite some time.
...Trump's executive order signed Friday amends emergency powers signed by President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on September 11. Last month, Trump extended the post-9/11 emergency powers.
According to the Pentagon, the Air Force is currently short by about 1,500 pilots.
...Friday's executive order gives Defense Secretary James Mattis "additional authorities to recall retired aviation officers regardless of certain limitations on status, period of service, and numbers to mitigate the Air Force's acute shortage of pilots," [Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross] said.
FBI & DHS: massive hacking campaign underway attacking American energy, nuclear, water, aviation, construction & manufacturing sectors.— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) October 21, 2017
A US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) Alert was issued on October 20: "Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors."
This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on advanced persistent threat (APT) actions targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.Oh.
...DHS assesses this activity as a multi-stage intrusion campaign by threat actors targeting low security and small networks to gain access and move laterally to networks of major, high value asset owners within the energy sector. Based on malware analysis and observed IOCs, DHS has confidence that this campaign is still ongoing, and threat actors are actively pursuing their ultimate objectives over a long-term campaign.
Everything is fine. (Everything is not fine.)
In addition to a story that day at the Hill, which asserted there had been an Obama-era quid pro quo between the Russians and the Clinton Foundation before the Uranium One deal, I observed there had been a dozen different tendrils building that (ridiculous) case: Grassley grilling Sessions that day about the Clinton Foundation and payment Bill Clinton received from Russia for a speech; the Senate Judiciary launching a probe into the so-called Russian nuclear bribery case; a Guardian piece which was clearly a plant (the Russian news oulet RBC "broke" the story) to lay the groundwork for the narrative to become that its actually leftists who colluded with Russia; circulating rumors that Assange was going to prove Hillary Clinton had colluded with Russia.
"This," I wrote, "is their next big play. To hang Russia around Hillary's neck."
Today, there is a third story at the Hill, which has been hitting this angle hard: "FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton." The entire report amounts to nothing more than Russia tried to ingratiate itself with Clinton. But the objective is to cast doubt. On Clinton and Obama.
Essentially, the narrative being constructed is that some nefarious dealings with the Russians started while Hillary Clinton was at State, and President Obama knew. That they've accused Trump of collusion, but they are the real traitors, and they need to be put on trial and jailed. ("Lock her up!")
I know that sounds fucking crazy, believe me I know, but this is how repressive authoritarian has taken hold in other places: Show trials of political adversaries. It's not just that it could happen here; it's fucking happening. The groundwork is being laid.
Which brings me to today's extremely troubling leak from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's heretofore tight operation: Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta.
The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.But John Podesta having been Hillary Clinton's campaign chair is the only reason this is of great enough interest to be leaked.
...Tony Podesta is the chairman of the Podesta Group and the brother of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman. John Podesta is not currently affiliated with the Podesta Group and is not part of Mueller's investigation.
I'm now no longer merely worried that Mueller will settle for Manafort to protect Donald Trump. I'm worried that this investigation may have been compromised to a much more significant extent.
And Senate Republicans have already indicated their complicity in furthering this agenda.
I can't overstate this: If this is headed where I think it's headed, this is the most dangerous thing that Trump has done so far. What I'm seeing looks like the nascent stages of a plan to silence and punish dissidents.
We are all in real fucking trouble.
Here's the full interview with Myeshia Johnson, widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/1pbqEonlH0— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 23, 2017
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We're joined now by the widow of Sgt. Johnson, Myeshia Johnson. Myeshia thank you for coming in this morning. I hope you're feeling the prayers and thoughts of all of us.Naturally, Trump responded by calling Myeshia a liar — without even using her name.
MYESHIA JOHNSON: Yes.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, it was so clear watching the funeral how loved and respected La David was by his family, his friends, his community, his fellow soldiers. What do you want people to know about him?
JOHNSON: Well, I want the world to know how great of a soldier my husband was, and a loving and caring father and husband he was to our family.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You knew him since you were six, huh?
JOHNSON: Yes, sir.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And I also know you have a lot of questions about what happened.
STEPHANOPOULOS: In Niger.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What's at the top of your mind?
JOHNSON: The questions that I have, that I need answered, is: I want to know why it took them 48 hours to find my husband. Why couldn't I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband they wouldn't let me.
GS: What did they tell you?
JOHNSON: They told me that he's in a severe, a severe wrap, like I won't be able to see him. I need to see him, so I will know that that is my husband. I don't know nothing; they won't show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband's body from head to toe. And they won't let me see anything. I don't know what's in that box. It could be empty for all I know. But I need — I need to see my husband. I haven't seen him since he came home.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And what have they told you about what happened in Africa?
JOHNSON: I really don't know the answers to that one neither, because when they came to my house they just told me that, um, it was a massive gunfire, and my husband as of October 4th was missing. They didn't know his whereabouts. They didn't know where he was, or where to find him. And a couple of days later is when they told me that he went from missing to killed in action. I don't know how he got killed, where he got killed, or anything. I don't know that part; they never told me, and that's what I've been trying to find out since day one, since October 4th.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you confident you're gonna get the answers you need?
JOHNSON: If I keep pushing for 'em I will.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And they just say they don't know?
JOHNSON: They won't tell me. They won't tell me anything. I don't know anything.
STEPHANOPOULOS: There are also a lot of questions about the phone call you received from President Trump. I know you were in a car to the airport. Tell us what happened next.
JOHNSON: Me and my family was in the limo to receive my husband from, I think it was Denver? Dover? we went to—?
JOHNSON: Dover. And we was literally on the airport strip getting ready to get out, and he called Master Sergeant Neil's phone. I asked Master Sergeant Neil to put his phone on speaker, so my aunt and uncle could hear as well. And he goes on to saying his statement as— What he said was—
STEPHANOPOULOS: The president.
JOHNSON: Yes, the president, said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway. And I was— It made me cry 'cause I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said— He couldn't remember my husband's name. The only way he remembered my husband's name is because he told me he had my husband's report in front of him, and that's when he actually said "La David." I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name. And that were hurting me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name? And that's what made me upset and cry even more, because my husband was an awesome soldier. He did what it take other people, other soldiers, like five years to do in three years. So imagine if my husband was here now. It took my husband three years to make E-5; it takes other soldiers five to six years just to make a E-5. So if he was here now, he woulda been on his way to being a E-6 or a E-7. My husband had high hopes in the military career.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What did you say to the president?
JOHNSON: I didn't— I didn't say anything. I just listened.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you were upset when you got off the phone?
JOHNSON: Oh very, very upset and hurt. Very. It made me cry even worse.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Congresswoman Wilson reported that, and you explained she was in the car with you.
STEPHANOPOULOS: She's been close with your family for a long time?
JOHNSON: Yes. Yes. Ms. Wilson— My uncle-in-law was Ms. Wilson's elementary school principal, and my husband was in her 5,000 Role Model program. That's why she's well-connected with us, because she's been in our family since we were little kids.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The president said that the congresswoman was lying about the phone call.
JOHNSON: Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated. What she said was 100 percent correct. It was Master Sgt. Neil, me, my aunt, my uncle, and the driver, and Ms. Wilson in the car, the phone was on speaker-phone. Why would we fabricate something like that?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Is there anything you'd like to say to the president now?
JOHNSON: No. I don't— Nah. I don't have nothing to say to him.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Your little girl's going to be born in January.
JOHNSON: Yes, January 29th.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What are you gonna tell her about her dad?
JOHNSON: I'm gonna tell her how awesome her dad was, and how a great father he was, and how he died as a hero.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Words she's gonna love to hear. Myeshia, thank you for sharing your story this morning.
JOHNSON: Yes. Thank you.
I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
He is such a contemptible wreck.
I take up space in solidarity with Myeshia Johnson and her family.