Shonda Rhimes: Trump 'unAmerican' on Gold Star families, NFL protests
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Shonda Rhimes is slamming President Trump as “unAmerican” and a “hypocrite” for allegedly offending the widow of a fallen soldier while at the same time waging a battle with NFL players over protesting during the national anthem.

The famed creator of ABC’s “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” tweeted to her more than 1.6 million followers on Thursday:

Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of 'racists who taunt me' Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract MORE (D-Fla.) claimed Tuesday that Trump, in a conversation overheard on speakerphone, had told the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that the Green Beret “knew what he signed up for.”

While Johnson’s mother confirmed the lawmaker’s account, Trump denied that he made such a remark.

“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said — didn’t say it at all — she knows it,” Trump said on Wednesday. “I would like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said."

Wilson said Wednesday that she stands by her words, calling Trump a “liar.”

Rhimes, 47, echoed Wilson’s “liar” sentiment in a Thursday tweet, writing:

Following the reports on Johnson and his family, Trump’s outreach to Gold Star families has fallen under intense scrutiny.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump had told the father of a fallen soldier he’d been sending him a $25,000 check, which hasn’t arrived months later.


The Associated Press said Thursday that, of the Gold Star families it has been able to contact, Trump has only personally reached out to half of them.

The uproar comes on the heels of another controversy ignited by Trump last month over NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem before games.

Colin Kaepernick, formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, started the movement last season to protest police misconduct and racial injustice.

Last month, Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee.

Rhimes, who endorsed former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE in last year's election, said in April that she's "still trying to come to terms" with Trump's presidency.