As I turned on the local news this morning, I was greeted with the story concerning supposedly disparaging remarks that Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump made about a fallen Muslim American Soldier.
Having been involved in attending my 40th high school reunion and working my actual job all weekend, I had not paid attention to the manufactured controversy over this story…until now.
The Wall Street Journal reports that
Donald Trump engaged in a back-and-forth Sunday with the parents of a dead American soldier, extending an argument between the Republican presidential candidate and Muslim immigrants who were largely unknown until they appeared at the Democratic National Convention three days ago.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Trump took issue with Khizr Khan, who had questioned whether Mr. Trump had read the U.S. Constitution and said Mr. Trump had “sacrificed nothing.” Mr. Trump responded by citing his hard work and business success.
“I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures,” Mr. Trump told host George Stephanopoulos. “I think they’re sacrifices. I think, when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things….”
Mr. Trump also noted his role in helping build a Vietnam Memorial in Manhattan.
But the Republican nominee immediately ignited another furor by saying Mr. Khan’s wife, Ghazala, had been “extremely quiet” onstage at the Democratic convention and perhaps she “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” The Khans say she was too distraught to speak about her son’s 2004 death.
Even before they were aired in full on Sunday morning, the comments generated controversy. Mr. Trump’s aggressive, attacking style kept him at the forefront of the news throughout the Republican primaries as he knocked off 16 rivals; he is now trying the same strategy with a much broader, much more diverse electorate.
Responding to the criticism, Mr. Trump issued a statement late Saturday calling Capt. Humayan Khan, Khizr’s son, a “hero,” and saying the “real problem” is “radical Islamic terrorists.”
“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,” Mr. Trump said in the statement.
Mr. Khan responded emotionally to Mr. Trump again on Sunday, saying he appreciates the candidate’s recognition of his son as a hero but that his ideas remain un-American. Mr. Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., or in other versions of the proposal, a ban on immigration from countries compromised by terrorism.
“His policies, his practices, do not reflect that he has any understanding of the basic, fundamental constitutional principles of this country, what makes this country exceptional in the history of mankind,” Mr. Khan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He choked up as he responded to Mr. Trump’s insinuation that his wife had to remain silent onstage. Ghazala Khan becomes overwhelmed when she sees her son’s picture, which was projected in the convention hall, he said.
In a column in The Washington Post on Sunday, Mrs. Khan responded to Mr. Trump’s questioning why she didn’t speak. “Without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain,” she wrote. “I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”
She said it wasn’t true that she wasn’t allowed to speak at the convention, saying her husband had asked if she wanted to, but she felt overwhelmed.
“Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could?” she wrote. “Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”
Mr. Khan in his remarks on Sunday said “two things are absolutely necessarily in any leader or any person that aspires, that wishes, to be a leader: a moral compass, and second is empathy.”
“This candidate is void of both traits that are necessary for stewardship of this country,” he said in his remarks on “State of the Union.”
During a campaign stop Sunday in Ashland, Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton parried reporters’ questions about whether Mr. Trump’s statements were racist or had crossed a line but said his comments reinforce doubts Americans should have about his candidacy.
“He has throughout the course of his campaign consistently insulted and demeaned individuals, groups of Americans, people around the world. And one doesn’t know where the bottom is,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It’s hard to imagine anyone who has ever run to be president of the United States saying any of what he said…and the accumulation of it all is just beyond my comprehension.”
Mr. Khan also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) to withdraw their endorsements from the Republican nominee.
“I address the Senate majority leader—a patriot—and I address the speaker of the House, patriotic American: It is their moral obligation, history will not forgive them,” Mr. Khan said. “This election will pass, but history will be written. The lapse of moral courage will be a burden on their souls.”
In a statement Sunday that didn’t mention Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell called Capt. Khan an “American hero” and called a travel ban on Muslims “simply contrary to American values.”
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Mr. Ryan, reiterated the speaker’s opposition to Mr. Trump’s proposed Muslim immigration ban. “The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea and himself has talked about how Muslim Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country,” she said.
Mr. Trump responded on Twitter on Sunday morning, saying he was “viciously attacked” by Mr. Khan at the convention. “Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!” he said.
Mr. Trump has said he was opposed to the Iraq war when it started, but there is some evidence he supported it at the time.
The discomfort of some Republicans with Mr. Trump’s response was evident. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran against Mr. Trump for the Republican nomination, tweeted, “There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect. Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pray for his family.”
But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), a Trump supporter, defended the Republican nominee on “State of the Union,” saying Mr. Trump hadn’t spoken inappropriately. “His interview was not unkind, it was respectful, it did express condolences to the family for their loss,” Mr. Sessions said.
Remember the “Clock Boy” and how it turned out that his Father was a devotee of Radical Islam, after they had visited the White House?
According to Walid Shoebat, an author and expert on Radical Islam, a former member of the PLO, who converted to Christianity in 1994 and has since appeared all over the world giving lectures on the topic and appearing as an expert on Cable News Programs,
The Muslim who attacked Donald Trump, Khizr Muazzam Khan, is a Muslim Brotherhood agent, working to bring Muslims into the United States. After reading what we discovered so far, it becomes obvious that Khan wanted to ‘trump’ Trump’s Muslim immigration. But not so fast. Trump we have your back.
Khizr Muazzam Khan graduated in Punjab University Law College, as theNew York Times confirms. and he specialized in International Trade Law in Saudi Arabia. An interest lawyer for Islamic oil companies Khan wrote a paper, called In Defense of OPEC to defend the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an intergovernmental oil company consisting of mainly Islamic countries. Khan is a promoter of Islamic Sharia Law. Khan is also co-founder of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law (Islamic Sharia).
…Khan’s fascination with Islamic Sharia stems from his life in Saudi Arabia. During the eighties Khan wrote a paper titled Juristic Classification of Islamic[Sharia] Law. In it he elucidated on the system of Sharia law expressing his reverence for “The Sunnah [the works of Muhammad] — authentic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).”
At the bottom of the page, Khan shows his appreciation for an icon of the Muslim Brotherhood: “The contribution to this article of S. Ramadan’s writing is greatly acknowledged.” S. Ramadan is Said Ramadan, head of the Islamic Center in Geneva and a major icon of the Muslim Brotherhood.