U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004 when a car blew up after he told his troops to stand back. He took 10 steps forward to check out the suspicious vehicle himself, saving the lives of the soldiers he supervised.He received the Bronze Star posthumously. Twelve years later, his death and bravery are the center of a political maelstrom as Democrats, Never Trump and the media try to bring down Donald Trump.
Born in the United Arab Emirates on September 9, 1976, Khan graduated from the University of Virginia and became a post 9-11 enlistee. His father, Khizr Khan, emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1970. Troubled by press accounts of Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants (later amended to bad actor countries) Khizr Khan wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post denouncing Trump.
Just as Republicans invited Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, to their convention to speak out against Hillary, Democrats invited Khan to speak out against Trump.
Here was the Washington Post's account of Smith's speech:
Smith hasn't had that kind of audience before, and some in the media were quick to differ with her account of her son's death. NBC's Richard Engel, for instance, offered this:
"To hear this grieving mother -- and you could only sympathize with her grief -- to lay the blame directly at Hillary Clinton, saying that Hillary was responsible for her son's death -- personally responsible -- it doesn't correspond with the facts as I know them and as I've read them in subsequent investigations. And it does seem to be a manipulation of someone's grief and going to a very dark place."
As our own Fact Checker has written, other family members of those killed in Benghazi have disagreed with Smith's account that Clinton, in her conversations with them, blamed the attack on an anti-Islam video.Of course, the Obama administration two months ahead of the decision on his re-election effort panicked and blamed a You Tube video.
Smith is a grieving mother who blames Clinton's incompetence for her son's death.
Khan is a different case. He objected to Trump's policy proposal, telling the DNC:
If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities; women; judges; even his own party leadership.
He vows to build walls, and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future.
Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law'.
Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America.
You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.Trump pushed back. Yes, Khan's son's sacrifice to the nation was tremendous. Trump had nothing to do with Captain Khan's death. If anyone did, it was Hillary as she voted for the war. Why is the father angry at The Donald?
Trump told Channel 6 in Columbus, Ohio:
“When you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. And I think that’s what bothered Mr. Khan more than anything else.”Now all of DC -- liberals and Never Trumpers alike -- are dumping on The Donald for not treating Khan as a person with absolute moral authority.
How did the press greet Smith? By trying to discredit her through a "fact-check."
There is a pecking order in Liberal Land. Cindy Sheehan has absolute moral authority. Khan too. But not Smith.
I noticed a bunch of RINOs are upset over Trump's reaction. They were triggered. They need a safe place. I recommend the Democratic Party.
Maybe Trump should have let it slide. After all, Smith has had no impact on the political stage and I doubt Khan will either. Those ditching the Republican Party over this nonsense were just waiting for the right moment because that is what drama queens do. As Chris Christie said to the school superintendent who threatened to leave New Jersey, I'll help you pack.
The Republican Party nationally failed the American people. Democrats too. Both parties sent men and women into a war that they had no intention of winning. That was Vietnam. Then they sent men and women into another war they had no intention of winning. That was the Gulf War. Then Afghanistan. Then Iraq again. That is what Khizr Khan should object to.
Such gross negligence deserves firing. But the people in Washington try to cover their mistakes with these Khan games, and other diversions. It's always a You Tube video's fault, never a woman who not only failed as Secretary of State but who failed as a First Lady.
I trust on November 8, the American people will tell Washington: You're fired.
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