I am willing to concede that Khizr Khan’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention was a planned, unique attack on Donald Trump, as well as bait for him. The fact that Trump took the bait so easily illuminates a few things.
First, that the Democrats knew Trump would take the bait. They knew he could not let that remark fly, because it attacked his ego. “You have sacrificed nothing” is incredibly inflammatory to the narcissist’s internal cover story. In that one piece of confirmation, the Democrats proved they’ve got Trump’s number, and they’ll be calling it over and over again.
Second, it shows that Khan was right. Trump hasn’t read the Constitution, at least not with any comprehension. Any suggestion that Khan should not have been allowed to speak belies Trump’s ignorance and disdain for the political process.
Third, it shows that Trump’s understanding of what a Christian should be is beneath the worst misinterpretations possible of the Bible (having not read it, Trump can be forgiven for not knowing what’s in it). We are not to judge nonbelievers–meaning we are not to apply prejudice. Trump is great at claiming this for himself; he said this about Mike Bloomberg.
“He doesn’t know anything about me,” Trump said. “But he never had the guts to run. He probably wished he did but he didn’t. He spent millions of dollars on polling but he was missing one thing: guts.”
Trump doesn’t know anything about Khizr Khan or Khan’s wife, but presumed to apply strict Sharia standards to them because she wore a headscarf. Of course, in Trump’s style, it’s always “plenty of people” saying it, not himself.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that she was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say,” Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Saturday.
Trump’s supporters took that red meat and ran with it, prompting a whole raft of disgusting tweets exposing the actual prejudices the left claims Muslims face. I get it–it’s scary not knowing who is the terror sleeper cell and who is the live-and-let-live Muslim. But Gold Star parents, who gave their son for America, don’t deserve that kind of treatment.
Trump is perfectly okay with pulling down the entire structure of civility in American politics for the sake of “I have to hit back harder.”
Nice response, just as classy as I’d expect, and Trump brings this out like rotting meat brings maggots. It’s the same prejudice I see on Twitter against all who oppose Trump. It’s never on principle, or because of what Trump said. It’s always personal enrichment, or some other motive. Or because we’re Jews.
In Trump’s America, nobody gets the benefit of the doubt, except Trump. And that’s why I (like many others more important than myself) am willing to suffer losing some friendships or professional hardship to expose him as the shallow, small, corrupt man he is.