Forget Katy Perry. Forget the balloons. Even disregard the onslaught of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hugging memes. The single most memorable part of the Democratic National Convention was the speech given by Khizr Khan.
The avowed American Muslim man and father of a US soldier slain in Iraq used his time to speak directly to Republican nominee Donald Trump. Khan targeted his stance on Muslims and asked, pray tell, what Trump had sacrificed for the nation.
It was some emotional stuff.
Today, Trump was given the opportunity to reply to Khan and his wife Ghazala, and his response was almost stereotypically Trump-like. Read: deflective, diversionary, petty, and at times, utterly misinformed.
Speaking on American ABC’s This Week program, Trump redirected Khan’s assertion his son Humayun wouldn’t be allowed into the US by a Trump government by targeting Ghazala, who silently stood by Khizr during the speech.
“Well, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say,” Trump said.
“She probably, maybe, wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
As it turns out, Ghazala has told him. Speaking today, after Trump’s interview, she said “I am very upset when I heard when he said that I didn’t say anything.
“I was in pain. If you were in pain you fight or you don’t say anything, I’m not a fighter, I can’t fight. So the best thing I do was quiet.”
As for what sacrifices Trump has made for America? Well, it appears the man, quite literally, does not know the meaning of the word.
It’s prime Trump, and it does absolutely nothing to assuage the feeling the United States of America has fallen into the darkest timeline. Watch his reply for yourself:
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 30, 201