Rep. Frederica Wilson didn’t flinch at Trump’s attacks. Her record explains why.

The fact that Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) was riding in a limousine with the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson when President Trump called comes as no surprise. Nor does the outrage she expressed in one news interview after another in which she stood by her claim that the president’s insensitivity toward the fallen soldier made the young woman cry.

Wilson has deep roots in the South Florida community where Johnson grew up. Before entering Congress, she worked as a teacher, principal and school board member in the Miami-Dade area and served for more than a decade as a state legislator.

She also founded a program in 1993 called 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, which helps at-risk minority youths prepare for college, vocational school and the military. Her long career in public service and her work in the program have put her especially close to military families and victims of gun violence over the years. She does not shy away from grief.

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