Donald Trump Faces Fire From Khizr and Ghazala Khan And Republicans Over Muslim Bigotry
The controversy over Donald Trump’s attacks on the family of a slain American soldier continued to rage today. It is simply out of the bounds of good taste and certainly not a politically prudent to be as harsh and mean spirited as Donald Trump has shown himself to be. One should never attack Gold Stars parents!
What is now front and center is anther crisis for Trump and the media has every right to pursue it since it is solely the making of the Republican nominee.
There is no doubt that Khizr and Ghazala Khan made for the most important message from the Democratic Convention last week but also made a moment in the history of our political conventions that will not be forgotten. It was simply riveting to watch, bringing tears to our eyes.
This morning Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared on CNN’s “New Day” in which Khizr Khan criticized Trump and pleaded for unity and empathy. He stressed the need to work with Muslim communities to combat radicalization, while again slamming Trump for his divisive rhetoric.
Communities coming together is the solution. We are as concerned as Donald Trump is about the safety of this country. We are a testament to the goodness of this country.
At almost the same time Republican Senator John McCain issue a statement blasting Trump’s comments about the Khans and paying homage to their son Humayun’s sacrifice.
It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us. Lastly, I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation – and he will never be forgotten.
This event is a turning point in the election campaign–one that Trump is unable to grasp the importance of due to his deep racist and bigoted mindset.
Trump’s confrontation with the Khans raises a core question of temperament. His decision to push back against a Gold Star family, perhaps the most unimpeachable group in American culture today (across party lines, too) is prompting new pressure on Republican leaders to decide once again whether to stand by their nominee.
The question that’s going to dog Trump as this story continues to unfold is simple. Can a person who makes an enemy of a Gold Star family serve as commander-in-chief?