Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) laughed on Thursday that she is now a "rock star" and called it "phenomenal" that she is embroiled in a feud with the White House over a conversation President Donald Trump had with a military widow.
Wilson set off a firestorm this week when she told reporters that Trump upset Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, when he called her on Tuesday night. Wilson characterized Trump as insensitive in remarks she overheard to the widow of the soldier, who was killed along with three others in an ambush in Niger.
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Wilson then did a series of television interviews on the subject and called Trump a "liar" when he denied any inappropriate comments.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said at Thursday's press briefing that he was "stunned" and "brokenhearted" at Wilson revealing a "sacred" conversation between Trump and Mrs. Johnson.
In an interview with WSVN, Wilson appeared gleeful at the attention she was getting because of her war of words with the White House.
"Let me tell you what my mother told me when I was little," Wilson said. "She said, ‘The dog can bark at the moon all night long, but it doesn’t become an issue until the moon barks back.'"
Wilson said she's received threatening phone calls from white nationalists and continued to revel in her fame.
"You mean to tell me that I’ve become so important that the White House is following me and my words?" she said, laughing. "This is amazing. That’s amazing. That is absolutely phenomenal. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rock star now."
— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) October 19, 2017