Republicans Are Mad At Trump For What He Said About This Muslim American Couple
At a time when Republicans and Democrats have difficulty agreeing on essentially anything, there is bipartisan condemnation of Donald Trump's response to a stirring speech delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week.
The speech came from Khizr Khan, the father of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim American soldier who died in Iraq in 2004.
Khan strongly condemned Donald Trump's rhetoric surrounding Islam, and particularly his proposal to ban all Muslims from the United States.
If Trump had his way, Khan argued, his son never would've been in the US.
Trump, who has consistently exhibited an inability to take any form of criticism, responded to Khan's speech by questioning why Ghazala Khan, his wife, said nothing as she stood next to her husband. Suggesting he'd been unfairly attacked, Trump said,
The real estate mogul essentially implied she wasn't allowed to speak because she's Muslim, which proves he didn't get the point of the speech in the first place.
Ghazala Khan responded to Trump's insulting remarks in an emotional and deeply critical op-ed. She stated,
In other words, Trump has no idea what he's talking about, and his response to Khan's speech was Islamophobic and a disgusting insult to the parents of a dead American soldier.
Both Democrats and Republicans have since denounced Trump's remarks.
On Sunday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said,
Similarly, Senator John McCain, war hero and former Republican presidential nominee, stated,
It's refreshing to hear this from McCain, who's own military service was besmirched by Trump last year. Referencing the years McCain spent as a POW in Vietnam, the New York billionaire said, "I like people who weren't captured."
In spite of all this, McCain endorsed Trump, and it doesn't look like this will change, even with his condemnation of Trump's insulting response to the Khans.
Trump's behavior, rhetoric and policy proposals clearly stand against not only the founding ideals of the US, but the philosophies of both major political parties in the US.
For now, however, it seems many GOP leaders are choosing party over principles, as they continue to endorse Trump, even as they publicly condemn him.
This is a strange, and unprecedented election.