Trump vs. the Khans is by no means a fair fight

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When Khizr Khan reached into his suit pocket Thursday night, pulled out his copy of the U.S. Constitution and thrust it toward the camera as a rebuke to and as protection against Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, I remember hoping with all my heart that Trump was somewhere watching.

Oh, he was watching alright.

Almost immediately, Trump launched a counterattack that continues to this day.  Among other things, he snidely suggested that Ghazala Khan, mother of the late Capt. Humayan Khan, had stood mute at her husband’s side during his speech because as a Muslim woman she was not permitted to talk.

(UPDATE AT 1 p.m.: The Veterans of Foreign Wars has issued a sharp condemnation of Trump’s behavior toward the Khans. It is reprinted at the bottom of this column.)

As Trump has now learned to his chagrin, that was not the case. In a later TV interview, Mrs. Khan explained her silence at the convention with devastating honesty. She did not speak, she said, because she lacked the composure to do so:

“First of all, I thank all America who listened from their heart to my husband’s and my heart, and I’m so grateful for that. And it was very nervous because I cannot see my son’s picture, and I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are. And that’s why when, I saw the picture at my back [on the video screen], I couldn’t take it. I controlled myself at that time. So it was, it is, very hard.”

She also recalled one of her last conversations with her son, before he shipped with his unit to Iraq:

“I keep telling him, ‘be safe, and don’t be a hero. Don’t become hero for me, just be my son. Come back as a son.’ He came back as a hero.”

Her husband added:

“She is my coach. I would think of something that…and she would say, ‘No, don’t say this.’ So she was my coach. She was there. I was strengthened by her presence. Forty years of marriage has brought us in a position where we are strength for one another. So her being there was the strength that I could hold my composure. I am much weaker than she is in such matters.”

Look again at that last sentence: “I am much weaker than she is in such matters.”  It is inconceivable that Trump could ever utter those words or anything like them. Yet Khizr Khan can say them and be enlarged by them, ennobled by them.

Dignity.

Honor.

Patriotism.

Sacrifice.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulus, Trump was also asked about Khan’s assertion that the billionaire had sacrificed nothing for his country, certainly nothing to compare to the loss of a son. Trump of course disagreed.

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs.”

Most normal human beings would understand instinctively that the “sacrifices” that brought you billions of dollars in wealth are not sacrifices at all, that a sacrifice is something that you offer for the greater good without wanting, demanding or getting something even larger in return. And most human beings would surely recognize that it is grotesque to compare such a “sacrifice” in any way to the loss of a beloved son in the line of duty. Trump is devoid of such instincts.

Even now, after a weekend of terrible news coverage, Trump cannot let it go. He got out of bed this morning and once again resumed the battle against the Khan family. Here’s what he sent out to begin what is now Day Four of this mini-drama:

 

“This story is not about Mr. Khan,” he fumes, yet Trump insists on making it about Mr. Khan. This on-going obsession with senseless retaliation reveals much more than the gaping chasm at the core of Trump’s character. It also confirms the central argument of the Clinton campaign:

“Donald Trump can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” Hillary Clinton said in her acceptance speech. “He loses his cool at the slightest provocation.  When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter.  When he’s challenged in a debate.  When he sees a protestor at a rally.  Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

A sane, balanced and competent candidate for president would never engage in a public and extended war of words with the parents of a fallen soldier.  A sane candidate would have acknowledged the Khans’ sacrifice and their right as Americans to express their opinion, and then quickly moved on. Trump has not, and he has not because he lacks even the minimal level of judgment, maturity and self-control needed to do so.

Clearly, none of that is going to change, ever. What may change — what absolutely should change — is the willingness of Trump supporters to ignore these neon-lit, billboard-sized signs of the dangers that Trump poses to their party, to their country and to their own sense of self-respect as patriotic Americans.  What’s it going to take? At what point will the shame and embarrassment of supporting such a charlatan finally become too much to bear?

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” Sen. John McCain said today. “He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

Yet Trump still stands as the nominee of McCain’s Republican Party, as its chosen standard bearer, as its leader, as its voice, as the person whom they want to elect as our next president. It is not possible to support such a man and then try to pretend that you do not besmirch yourself in the course of doing so.

 

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Anthony Beron
Anthony Beron

The Khans are being feted by the media and Trump has a problem disengaging. He likes to get in the last word.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Wiki leaks has some catching up to do with the New York Post.  They did another drive by on Melania.


The Ogle Office, Exclusive Malania Trump like You've never seen before"

rimsky
rimsky

At first, a pro-Donald Trump crowd gathered at a town hall event Monday night in Carson City, Nevada, cheered for a mother whose son is serving in the U.S. Air Force. 

But when the self-described “military mom” confronted Indiana Gov. Mike Pence,Trump’s vice presidential running mate, over Trump’s attacks on a fallen war hero’s parents, the crowd quickly turned on her.//////

What a bunch of Patriotic AHs those Trump supporters are.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky

DANG! Where's Kamchak when we need him?

HuffingtonPost?

There's your sign.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky They sure did I saw it last night.  Pense had to call them off and she had to show the bunch of losers her son's picture in uniform.  Poor lady was shaking like a leaf.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky You also have conservatives who believe in one man one woman but who have absolutely no problem with Melania doing a photo shot as a lesbian. 

TuckFrump
TuckFrump

Warren Buffett to Donald Trump: 'Have you no sense of decency?'

Billionaire Warren Buffett challenged Donald Trump over his war of words with the family of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier. "I ask Donald Trump: 'Have you no sense of decency, sir?'" Buffett said, comparing the incident with the anti-communist McCarthy hearings in the 1950s. Buffett also dismissed Trump's claim that building his business empire constituted a sacrifice, while noting that his own family had not suffered as has the family of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq. "Me, my family . . . Trump and his family have sacrificed nothing; building buildings is not sacrifice," Buffett said. The founder of Berkshire Hathaway also called for the Republican nominee to release his tax return. Buffett said he, like Trump, is under an IRS audit, and volunteered to meet with Trump and go over each other's tax returns together. Buffett also urged voters to turn out in November, and said he would help drive people to the polls who otherwise would not get out to vote.

rimsky
rimsky

@tuckfrump You might not be aware what Trump sacrificed:

1  People's jobs

2 People's homes

3 People's money

4 The future of the Republican party.

(lifted from a cartoon I saw today)

rimsky
rimsky

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday announced he will vote forHillary Clinton in November because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”///////

Damn reasonable RINO.  LOL

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I've seen Hillary's campaign ad where kids are looking on as Donald Trump speaks on the T.V. I thought...

not a bad ad.

But then I keep seeing these commercials on T.V. and asking...

where's the difference? Kids are being consumed by marketing strategies and alot of 'em are unseemly. Hardee's are equally as suggestive as Devour's.

Their target audience? Men.

http://tinyurl.com/jdae8jw

rimsky
rimsky

A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier.

The opposition Syrian National Coalition accused President Bashar Assad of being behind the attack. Assad has denied previous accusations of using chemical weapons.//////

This is for Mr. Pinko.

Just what kind of butcher Putin is backing today.

honested
honested

@rimsky 

The same kind he's been backing for the entire conflict which was the only reason the conflict has persisted.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

"Edit (in 6 minutes)"?  Anybody seen that before?

rimsky
rimsky

UPDATE (Aug. 1, 6:11 p.m.): Hillary Clinton’s post-convention lead over Donald Trump has continued to grow as more polls have come in, according to our models. Check our forecasts for the latest numbers.///////

This from Nate Silvers.

I guess Mr td will believe the poll numbers now.


rimsky
rimsky

CBS poll recorded a 4-point bounce for Clinton, which, combined with a 3-point drop for Trump since their last poll, means that Clinton leads by 7 points, 46-39. Morning Consult, which had Trump up by 4 points last week, has Clinton up by 3 now. The HuffPost Pollster chart shows Clinton up by about 4 points, compared to a narrower 2-point margin last week at this time.///////

How does Trump know the voting is rigged?

honested
honested

@rimsky 

I guess it's rigged to be back where things were before both conventions, which is probably where they will be in November.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Since Trump can't ban Muslims, he could make all Muslims entering America pledge that they are not members of ISIS.  And once they make the pledge, he can give them  pledge pins.  But they best not wear those pledge pins on their uniforms, or Neidermeyer will get in their faces.

rimsky
rimsky

He stood 6 feet 2 inches with an athletic build; had played football, tennis and squash; and was taking up golf. His medical history was unblemished, aside from a routine appendectomy when he was 10.

But after he graduated from college in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels.

The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment that fall, exempting him from military service as the United States was undertaking huge troop deployments to Southeast Asia, inducting about 300,000 men into the military that year.

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/08/02/us/02trumpvietnam-2/02trumpvietnam-2-master768.jpg


Yes Trump is in the middle.

He did not have the guts like Mohammad Ali to be an Objector and take the punishment.

Probably daddy slipped an extra bill or two to the doctor for the bone spur story.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@rimsky "Probably daddy slipped an extra bill or two to the doctor for the bone spur story."

Probably?  But you don't know do you?

honested
honested

@_GodlessHeathen_ @rimsky 

He found whatever he needed to.

I would 'assume' that if I had experienced bone spurs on ONE foot, I would probably remember WHICH foot it was.

rimsky
rimsky

@honested @_GodlessHeathen_ @rimsky The picture shows he was a basketball player and in good shape.  With bone spurs you could not run up and down the court.  

I never had bone spurs but had leg injuries as a kid.  I know it hurts to run.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

“Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.  We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

What punches are Fire Marshall's throwing at Trump?  Reminding him of code violations or fining him like they have always done?  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@DaltonbywayofBickley @StraightNoChaser Here's the problem with Donald Trump no one tells Donald Trump what to do, and that's why he so called punches back.  He makes all decisions which results in the campaign we currently see, a mess.  Now imagine that on a larger scale running this country.  What would a President Donald Trump do when confronted with an issue where he has to listen to others?  Tear up the entire world ?  Because the final decision is on the President.

rimsky
rimsky

Heard on the NPR.  Japan is finally going to try a real stimulus package.  What were they thinking last 20 or so years?

honested
honested

@rimsky 

Still hoping the nonsense taught them by calivinist missionaries would work?

rimsky
rimsky

Trump did not mention the Khans in PA rally.  He knows now he has been whipped but not before a left a big stench in the living room.

Menace
Menace

@rimsky  And I thought it was the dog who left the stench.