So I guess we don't care about the 28 Saudi Pages becoming declassified proving the war on terrorism is a farce. We don't care about blatant presidential election rigging. We don't care that the Banksters admitted to ripping off the nation and only had to pay back a fraction of their loot, with no jail time. But we DO care about how we will afford to give everyone a higher education while simultaneously not caring about the fact the US spends more (600 billion a year?) on military "defense" than the next 7 leading nations COMBINED. Over 1000 bases stationed in more than 130 countries is not fighting for our freedom. We can carelessly waste 1.5 TRILLION dollars on a fighter jet that doesn't work. The Fed can admit to losing 9 trillion dollars. On September 10, 2001 the Pentagon admitted to losing track of 2.3 trillion dollars. Yes all those with a T for TRILLION. I could go on and on but ya know what I've been thinking? Lets blame Russia.
Trump’s actual response, though, wasn’t fine.
"If you look at his wife, she was standing there," he said, on national television. "She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."
This wasn’t a slip of the tongue. In an interview with Maureen Dowd, Trump took the same tack. "I’d like to hear his wife say something," he said.
Let’s be very clear about what Trump is doing here: as ABC wrote, he’s suggesting "Khan’s wife didn’t speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim." This is b******t. It is flatly, verifiably, false. But that’s almost beside the point.
Trump listened to a speech by the bereaved father of a fallen Muslim soldier and used it to slander the fallen soldier’s family. That was his response.
That is his character.
At this point, I honestly don’t know what to say. I don’t have new language for this, I haven’t found another way of saying this isn’t okay, this isn’t kind, this isn’t decent. Instead, I’ll note James Fallows’s response. He quotes Joseph Welch, speaking to Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954.
"Until this moment," he said, "I think I never really gauged your cruelty."
If you would like to see Ghazala Khan speak, you can do so in this interview she gave to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. As Fallows writes, she breaks down sobbing while speaking of her son. It suggests she let her husband give the DNC speech for a simple reason: she remains overwhelmed by grief.
This is the woman Trump decided to slander. This is the gauge of his cruelty.
This isn't partisan. This isn't left vs. right. Mitt Romney never would have said this. John McCain never would have said this. George W. Bush never would have said this. John Kerry never would have said this.
Trump also wanted the Khans to know that, like them, he had sacrificed for this country.
"I've made a lot of sacrifices," Trump said. "I work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."
I honestly do not understand how a human being can respond to a family that lost their son for this country by saying that he has sacrificed too, he’s worked really hard, he’s built "great structures."
This is not a question that needs to be asked in most elections, but it needs to be asked in this one: what kind of person is Donald Trump?
Yes, indeed! Those are very important issues.
After all, Trump himself said he has a "relationship" with Putin. His wall and banning of all Muslims proves his bigotry.
I hope somehow we can get the voters out to vote the Congressional election.
That explanation makes sense, re Trump. Re the populace that are all for him, I simply can't comprehend it.