He insisted on it again in front of cameras: it was all lies!Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
And then the White House said Trump was just misunderstood. By whom? How disgraceful of you to ask! Now Kellyanne Conway explains who misunderstood the President: haters.Pres. Trump denies lawmaker's account of call with fallen soldier's family: "Didn't say what that congresswoman said. Didn't say it at all." pic.twitter.com/3im4BzfQdr— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 18, 2017
“It’s just the haters being presumptively negative, as they always are,” Conway said. “But you know what’s tragic? That family just suffered a loss … and yet it gets immediately politicized because people of privilege think they can score cheap political points against the president.”"Disgraceful" and "nasty" are this White House's favorite words for people who don't kowtow to it.
“That’s what we do find to be most disgraceful,” she added.
But notice who the haters are: the mother of LaDavid Johnson, the widow of Sgt. Johnson, and Rep. Frederica Wilson. Apparently the "people of privilege" include the immediate family of the slain soldier. Ms. Conway wasn't done there; she had to go on to confirm that everything we've already heard about this conversation was true:
“They are misrepresenting the President. You have to give the full quote,” Conway said.
She claimed Trump’s full remarks to Johnson’s widow “ended with him saying, ‘But it’s never easier,’ ‘It’s always difficult,’ or ‘This is very tough’ or ‘These are hard.'”
But that language was reported on the 17th, when the story broke:
So we have confirmation of the original story, complete refutation of the President's response to the story, and a new way to interpret it because when Trump said "but it still hurts" or some variation thereon, hey! That made it all better!BREAKING: @RepWilson says @realDonaldTrump told soldier's widow "He knew what he signed up for... but when it happens it hurts anyway." @WPLGLocal10 (2/2)— Ross Palombo (@RossPalombo) October 17, 2017
Still, haters gonna hate, amirite?