As racist attacks and threats continue against Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has issued a rallying cry around its soror.
According to the Miami Herald, the historically black sorority—the nation’s oldest—has released a statement pledging support for the Democrat from Florida, who has feuded publicly with the Trump administration over its treatment of Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson, whose husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in combat in Niger.
From the Herald:
“When what should have been a phone call by President Trump to express condolences to the widow of Sgt. Johnson concluded with the family feeling disrespected, Alpha Kappa Alpha member and Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson expressed her distaste for the president’s choice of words,” read the statement to the sorority’s 290,000 members, a copy of which was obtained by McClatchy.
“She is now undergoing a virulent attack after she revealed comments made by President Trump to the widow…,” the statement said. “This lawmaker, educator, and advocate has been there for so many. Sorors, let us be there for her.”
Wilson joined AKA as an undergraduate at Fisk University and has served as the sorority’s South Atlantic regional director.
As the Miami Herald notes, Wilson isn’t the only member of the Divine Nine the Trump administration has come for.
Last summer, Trump said U.S. District Judge and Kappa Alpha Psi member Gonzalo Curiel should recuse himself from a Trump University lawsuit because he was “of Mexican heritage.” Because one of his campaign promises was to build a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump told the Wall Street Journal, the fact that Curiel was presiding over the case was an “inherent conflict of interest.”
Curiel pledged at Indiana University, the birthplace of Kappa Alpha Psi, in 1974. As the Herald reports, he was also a charter member of the university’s alumni chapter.
Read more at the Miami Herald.