At the Democratic National Convention last Thursday night, Khizr Khan spoke in honor of his son, Humayun, who was killed by a suicide car bomb in Iraq in June 2004. Humayun was posthumously awarded with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Heart for ordering his fellow soldiers to “hit the dirt,” according to ABC News.
Khizr spoke about the sacrifice his son made for the United States despite originally being born in the United Arab Emirates. Khan then turned his speech towards Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and unleashed some pretty pointed words in his direction.
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) August 2, 2016
“If it was up to Donald Trump, [Humayun] never would have been in America,” Khan said, referring to Trump’s proposed plan to ban Muslims.
“You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said.
Trump responded to Khizr’s comments in a way that sparked backlash from both parties and the families of at least 11 fallen service members.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” Trump said. Trump also asked why Ghazala Khan, Khizr’s wife, remained silent throughout her husband’s speech, suggesting that “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”
Many have asked for Trump to apologize, but that has yet to happen. One of those people is Dakota Meyer. Meyer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the War in Afghanistan. Dakota was awarded with the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Meyer took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell Trump that he owed Khizr and Ghazala an apology for his comments.
If @realDonaldTrump wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one. And that cant start until he apologizes to the Khans.
— Dakota Meyer (@Dakota_Meyer) August 2, 2016
Dakota is married to Bristol Palin, the daughter of 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who endorsed Trump for president back in January. It may seem odd to hear someone like Meyer speak out against someone that his family supports, but there are a number of Republicans who are unhappy with Trump’s comments and believe he should apologize.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign attempted to use Dakota Meyer’s tweet to further call for action from Trump as they retweeted Dakota’s post on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time that Meyer has made noise recently. He criticized Bernie Sanders supporters who were chanting “No more war!” at the DNC. Meyer referred to it as “typical of what the modern liberals don’t understand.”
“At the end of the day, they’re at the DNC, so they’re Democratic supporters… I bet you anything that that wouldn’t have happened at the RNC,” Meyer said.
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has some tough truth for Trump https://t.co/8KLKlM5JIw
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 2, 2016
Dakota also took exception with Trump calling the United States military weak.
“I think that’s why you see some of those military supporters going to that side. I mean, we’re not weak. He’s absolutely wrong,” Meyer said. “That’s the thing. If Donald Trump loses — he’s out focused on Ted Cruz, he’s still being an entertainer — at what point is he gonna turn around and start being a leader?”
It’s refreshing to see a 28-year-old war hero refuse to care about party lines. Dakota Meyer cares about the United States of America, and he’s not afraid to speak out against the man that his famous mother-in-law endorsed if he believes Trump is in the wrong. Maybe more of us should follow our own beliefs instead of blindly supporting one party or the other.
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