There’s another storm brewing in the US Presidential race as a war of words continue to escalate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004. In typical fashion Trump not only spun the latest round of harsh condemnation against him as a renewed persecution against his candidacy but followed by counterattacking the character of his detractors, a move that drew more criticism against him from all quarters, even his own party.
CNN reports that over the course of the weekend, the volatile business mogul turned politician weathered the storm of controversy focused on him by drawing on his unyielding characteristic of painting his bashers to be the ones in the wrong. The hubbub started Thursday July 28 during the Democratic National Convention, when Pakistani immigrants Khizr and Ghazala Khan took the podium in a lineup of speakers endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate. Brandishing a worn pocket-sized copy of the United States Constitution, Khizr Khan condemned Trump’s proposed policy of freezing all Muslim immigration into the country, citing that it would have prevented the likes of his son, slain Army Captain Humayun Khan, from serving the country that he lived in. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one!” declared Khan.
The Khans emigrated from Pakistan first to the UAE where Humayun was born, then later to America in 1980. Khizr Khan works as a legal consultant while his wife Ghazala was a Persian-language teacher in Pakistan. Their eldest and youngest sons run a small biotech company in Virginia. Captain Khan the middle child, who had planned to become a military lawyer and was serving in the army to pay for law school, was killed in 2004 at age 27, by a suicide bomber in an exploding taxi that he accosted before it could enter the military base in Iraq where he was stationed.
Trump answered the detraction first by accusing Clinton’s staff of writing Khan’s speech contrary to Khizr’s claims, then launching his own criticism of Ghazala’s silence throughout her husband’s speech, opining that her Muslim faith disallowed her to speak. Ghazala replied to the slander by an open editorial explaining that she was too emotionally distraught at the time to speak, but that Trump was so lacking in empathy that he did not perceive it as such.
Widespread outrage exploded at Trump’s statement, which was construed at mocking the mother of a dead US soldier. Republicans House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repudiated their candidate’s comments (but not the man himself) while 2008 Republican bet Sen. John McCain issued a statement subtly urging the GOP to let Trump lose if he becomes antithetical to their ideals and beliefs.
Elsewhere, sales of pocket-sized Constitutions like that of Khizr Khan’s have skyrocketed to the point that they trail only behind the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” script book. On a sobering note, terrorist organization ISIS stated in their website that Humayun Khan was an “apostate” for holding national allegiance equal to Islamic faith, and called on Muslim Americans to either immigrate to ISIS- controlled territory in the Middle East or launch terrorist strikes against the US.
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