By now, everyone knows that Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic Convention and sorrowed for his son, who was killed in Iraq while defending the men under his command from a suicide bomber. He challenged Donald Trump to read the United States Constitution, a challenge that Mr. Trump is unlikely to take up. Donald Trump is not a reader who hasn’t even read the books he falsely claims to have written.
The logical way for a presidential candidate to respond to Mr. Khand would have been with sympathy by saying something such as, “I am sorry that you feel such bitterness toward me, but I want you to know that I am genuinely and deeply sorrow for the loss of your son.” That would have limited the damage to Trump’s campaign and shown that he has a human side after all. However, Donald Trump has no human side.
As anyone could have expected, Donald Trump, responded by narcissistically shooting himself in the foot. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump insisted that he is the one who has made sacrifices for his country. “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, built great structures. I’ve done― I’ve had― I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” Even when the subject is the grieving parents of a soldier who sacrificed his life for the United States, according to Donald it’s all about Donald.
Paul Rieckoff, the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American, responded to Trump’s comments with this rejoinder, “For ANYONE to compare their ‘sacrifice’ to Gold Star family member is insulting, foolish and ignorant. Especially someone who has never served himself and has no children serving. Our country has been at war for a decade and a half, and the truth is most Americans have sacrificed nothing. Most of them are smart and grounded enough to admit it.”
I keep reading remarks of Trump apologists in this forum claiming that Donald Trump is soon going to start listening to his advisers and stop uttering stupidities in public. When do they think his lack of stupidity will finally kick in? Also, where are the intelligent Republican leaders hiding? Why are they maintaining an embarrassed silence instead of speaking out against this goon?