SICK! Hoax Facebook Post Smearing Gold Star Widow Myeshia Johnson Goes Viral
A hoax Facebook post falsely quoting Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson attacking Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has sadly gone viral. Myeshia Johnson’s husband Sgt. La David Johnson was killed with three other soldiers in an attack in Niger on October 4. Rep. Wilson dragged Myeshia Johnson in to a political fight by accusing President Donald Trump of being cruel to her during a confidential condolence call that Wilson surreptitiously listened in on.
Wilson has reveled in the national attention her use of a Gold Star widow to attack the President has brought her, squealing with delight to the press that she is a “rock star now!”
In response, some cruel person abused Myeshia Johnson by creating a hoax Facebook post that has her falsely rebuking Wilson.
The fake post reads:
“I want to set the record straight! I’m getting sick and tired of this so called politician using my husband as a political platform. Even buy (sic) her own words she did not hear all of the conversation she only heard part of it. This is what actually was said. “They know the risk, they know what they sign up for but they still volunteer to put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.”
Florida-based Politico report Marc Caputo noted the hoax image has been tweeted to him several times.
Fourth time today this fake news has been tweeted at me https://t.co/3fobH5kIxQ
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) October 21, 2017
This screen capture shows how viral just one posting of the hoax image has gone with close to a thousand likes and retweets.
A giveaway on the hoax is the timestamp of “October 17 at 3:27 p.m.” which is one hour before the 4:45 p.m. phone call to Johnson by Trump. The hoax uses the actual photo of Sgt. and Mrs. Johnson used as her Facebook avatar. Her account has been made private since the controversy over the phone call this past week.
Heavy.com reported on Johnson’s Facebook page while it was still open. Facebook images linked to by Heavy have since been broken.
Myeshia has received an outpouring of love from friends, family, and strangers on social media.
Most recently, she wrote a Facebook post that reads, “Months before my husband passed away, one of his wishes were to NEVER put his face on a R.IP. Shirt. If you are dear true friends and family of my husband you will respect his wish and refrain from coming to his viewing or funeral with his face on a shirt. #share.”
The funeral for Sgt. Johnson was held Saturday morning in Cooper City, Florida.