One thing that most Americans can agree on is that our soldiers, especially our honored dead killed in action, deserve our respect.
Ghazala Khan stood firmly by her husband’s side at the Democratic National Convention, consumed by grief, plagued with high blood pressure and not wanting to say anything, which is, of course, her right. Her husband delivered one of the most moving speeches in recent history. Her sacrifice, the life of her son, was her contribution, which is more than enough.
Unless you’re Donald Trump, that is. Trump, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, did what Trump does. He completely ignored Khazir Khan’s speech for its content, opting instead to attack Muslims in general because we’ve “had a lot of problems” with them. He then moved on to attack Ghazala Khan for not speaking, because attacking women is a specialty of his:
She didn’t have much to say. Maybe she wasn’t allowed to speak, I don’t know.
The comment has spurred outrage, rightfully so, at Trump’s level of ignorance. A man and his wife whose son gave his life in service to a country they love were scoffed at for no reason other than they are Muslim. Trump then went on to describe his own sacrifices, half of which were either lies, half-truths or simple bloviating about how great he thinks he is.
ABC correspondent Mary Bruce had a chat with Mrs. Khan, who decided to break her silence and respond to Lord Cheeto:
Khan responds to Trump, telling ABC: “running for President is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother”
— Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) July 30, 2016
No, it is not. Kudos to Mrs. Khan for having enough class to stick to the truth and the facts rather than resorting to cheap personal attacks on a grieving mother and her hero of a son.
With each passing day, Donald Trump shows the American people who there is no moderate “businessman” under his Chinese tie; there is only what we’ve seen from day one: A megalomaniac drunk with power who has captivated the hopes and dreams of racists and bigots everywhere by preying on their fears.
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