In keeping with his narcissistic and bullying personality, Donald Trump has lashed out at Khizr and Ghazala Khan who were at the Democrat National Convention and talked about the loss of their heroic son and what sacrifice and religious freedom are really about. Even among some in the GOP, the criticism of Trump has been scathing. As the Washington Post notes, a strategist for John Kasich remarked as follows:
“Trump’s slur against Captain Khan’s mother is, even for him, beyond the pale,” tweeted John Weaver, a Republican strategist for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “He has NO redeeming qualities.”
Proving that he is a self-centered egomaniac with no empathy for anyone, Trump sought to claim he had made sacrifices equal to that of the Khan family:
In the ABC interview, Trump pointed to the sacrifices he has made as a businessman: “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,” Trump said. “I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof,” he added later.The backlash was swift and unsparing Saturday as high-profile political strategists from both parties tore into Trump and questioned his character.
To me, it speaks volumes that evangelical Christians are continuing to support Trump, a man who has five children from three different wives and who committed adultery while married to his first two wives. Trump shows the lie of Christofascist claims that they support "family values." These people are as morally bankrupt as Trump.
The best take down of Trump, however, came from Ghazala Khan in an o-ed in the Washington Post. Here are excerpts:
Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.
We asked if there was some way he could not go, because he had already done his service. He said it was his duty. I cannot forget when he was going to the plane, and he looked back at me. He was happy, and giving me strength: “Don’t worry, Mom. Everything will be all right.”
The last time I spoke to my son was on Mother’s Day 2004. We had asked him to call us collect whenever he could. I begged him to be safe. I asked him to stay back, and not to go running around trying to become a hero, because I knew he would do something like that.
He was killed by a car bomber outside the gates of his base. He died trying to save his soldiers and innocent civilians. That is my son. Humayun was always dependable.
Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true.
When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.
Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.