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:
He insults patriotism of take a knee NFL?Disrespecting a Special Forces widow is unAmerican.Take a SEAT, hypocrite. https://t.co/ZIDu7qptx7— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2017
Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonDemocrats scramble to satisfy disparate members on spending package The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Frederica Wilson rails against Haitian deportation flights, calls treatment 'inhumane' 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:
And he does realize everyone can tell when he's lying, right? I mean, EVERYONE? My 4 yr old points at the TV and says "ooh, he's lying again." Forcing me to once again explain why he never gets in trouble for it like she does.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 19, 2017
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 ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE in last year's election, said in April that she's "still trying to come to terms" with Trump's presidency.