July 2016

Donald Trump Makes War on the Khan Family

by Pitt Griffin on July 31, 2016 · 0 comments

in Election 2016

I don’t know if Donald Trump can say anything that would give his supporters pause. But if anything should, it’s his psychopathic lack of empathy for Khizr and Ghazala Khan – parents of a fallen American soldier.

In the emotionally rawest moment of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr, with his wife Ghazala beside him, spoke of the combat death of his son Army Captain Humayun Khan. In reflecting on his life, he celebrated Humayun’s character, faith, and patriotism.

Then Khizr excoriated Donald Trump for his threatened ban on Muslims and his lack of knowledge of the Constitution. He pointed out that had Trump’s policies been in effect his son wouldn’t have been there to save ten American soldiers. He further excoriated Trump for “sacrificing nothing”.

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Trump – who only sees the world through the prism of ‘me’ – retaliated by wondering why Humayun’s mother had said nothing. He implied that her muteness was a product of an oppressive religion – somehow making Islam the culprit.

Trump, predictably, wasn’t anywhere near the mark. In a later interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, Ghazala made it clear her silence wasn’t the product of religious subjugation, but of grief – the overwhelming pain of the loss of a child.

Trump wasn’t done. He pooh-poohed the idea he had sacrificed nothing by claiming that building a company and creating jobs was his sacrifice.

Tone deaf. Heartless. An unmitigated shit.

Then, no doubt pressed by a functionary who understood the damage the remarks were doing, Trump issued a statement praising Humayun as a hero – but he couldn’t leave well enough alone. He had to justify himself – rendering his praise shabby and insincere.

“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorist who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country and do us further harm.”

And if that wasn’t enough he had to protect his fragile ego by attacking Khizr.

“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.”

Khizr Khn said it best when he characterized Trump’s remarks “typical of a person without a soul.” And just to show he wasn’t kidding he added in another interview, “He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country”.

Trump’s super-power is making Nixon look well-adjusted.

 

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