Mr. Khan Have You Met Mr. Trump??
By now, anyone who has paid attention to this presidential election cycle understands how Donald Trump operates.
When attacked or criticized, the GOP Presidential Nominee “counterpunches” with his own attacks and criticisms which almost always come across as harsh and unconventional.
In the media, his responding rhetoric is largely portrayed and spun as the latest “new low” for his candidacy. For his adversaries, Trump’s response further proves their point he's “temperamentally unfit” to be President of the United States. To his supporters and the multitude of neutral independents, it matters less what Trump says when countering attacks. They’re just concerned with the policies he’s proposing and his vision for America.
If this is the unabating trend of confrontation with Donald Trump, why does this latest exchange between Khizr Khan, Gold Star Father of Capt. Humayun Khan, and Trump come as a big shock attracting another media-craze?
Simply put, the media can’t resist latching onto these stories created by Trump. This is the most exciting election in modern history and they have a front-row seat.
Despite consistently labeling the media as “dishonest” people for misrepresenting him, Trump has amassed large amounts of free press since the primaries.
Trump is your stereotypical new yorker, just add great wealth and business genius to that. He’s not the type to allow anyone to get away with incorrectly representing him or his views, so he responds with sharp words he knows will garner attention from every angle.
Mr. Khan has given Mr. Trump exactly what he needs, another “personal attack” story that will dominate in the news cycle.
When Mr. Khan and his wife took the stage last week during the Democratic Convention, the words of his speech and image of grieving parents who made the ultimate sacrifice froze the crowd. The moment produced raw emotion mixed with a politicized personal attack on Donald Trump.
Mr. Khan attacked Trump on his proposed “Muslim ban” and questioned Trump’s respect for minorities. Based on Trump’s immigration stance, Khan asked if he’d ever read the constitution and “gladly” offered him[Trump] a personal copy of it. Furthermore, in showcasing a contrast between the GOP Nominee and their family, Mr. Khan said Trump doesn’t know sacrifice.
In response, Trump didn’t hold back in the slightest way. While acknowledging the heroic loss of their son, he tore into the Khans. He rebutted the words of Mr. Khan saying, “I’ve made lots of sacrifices” in reference to his “hard work” and business. He went on to question why Mr. Khan’s wife, Ghazala Khan, just stood by her husband speechless.
Mrs. Khan has replied via blog post saying, “Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain.”
Meanwhile, her husband continued his assessment of Trump saying, he has a “black soul” while being interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.
It is highly unlikely Trump backs down or walks back what he said. Even if he were to, it would be ever slight and draw increased media and political criticism.
Mr. Khan, by inserting ridicule of Trump in his speech, must have known there would be blowback from the campaign and the candidate himself. If he didn’t, he should’ve been advised better before portraying such things on a national political stage.
Discussing how your personal loss of a child in a war relates to your support of a candidate is perfectly acceptable and noble. However, insulting the opposing candidate on a personal level is crossing into another realm. A realm that makes you subject to the type of politics Donald Trump embodies.