The Trump, Khan spat is a perfect example of the mainstream media bias that’s been running rampant during this election season.
Khizr Khan and his wife spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week in honor of their fallen son, Humayun Khan, who died fighting for America in 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Khan also had Trump on his mind that night, however, as he took advantage of having the attention of millions to slam the Republican presidential nominee.
The grieving father criticized Trump for lacking American “values,” and said his son would have never made it to the U.S. if Trump had been in charge, as USA Today reported.
“‘If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have even been in America,’ Khan said. ‘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?’
“Khan held up a pocket Constitution and offered to lend it to Trump.
“‘You have have sacrificed nothing, and no one,’ he finished.”
It isn’t clear which part of the Constitution Khan was referring to, or if he was referring to the patriotic document as a whole.
Two days after his speech, on July 30, Trump responded to Khan’s comments. He asked the interviewer, George Stephanopoulos, if Hillary’s speech writer had written the part of Khan’s speech in which he declared Trump’s values to not be in line with America’s values.
According to the USA Today article, Politico had reported that Khizr did not utilize a writer for his speech.
Trump also questioned why Ghazala Khan, Humayun’s mother who stood next to her husband during his speech, did not speak to the audience as well.
“She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said. “But a plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say.”
He suggested that perhaps she didn’t say anything because she hadn’t been allowed to, as Muslim women are seen as second-class citizens in much of the Muslim world. Ghazala has since dismissed this, claiming she was too upset to speak at the time.
On July 31, in an attempt to establish peace between Trump and the Khans, Mike Pence publicly released a statement to Khizr and Ghazala. In it, Trump praised Humayun for sacrificing his life to protect Americans, and made it clear he believes President Obama and Hillary Clinton are at fault for the rise of ISIS and other disarray in the Middle East. Trump also pledged to take care of the U.S. military.
“Donald Trump will support our military and their families and we will defeat the enemies of our freedom.”
This “apology” of sorts did not work as intended. Apparently, the Khans don’t remember or care that Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the war in Iraq. Trump has always been against it. He was against it before President Bush declared Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he remains against it now.
Not so for Hillary, but with all the lies she tells, who knows what her actual stance is on the matter.
Speaking of Hillary, she also has a rocky relationship with the parents of fallen soldiers, and unlike Trump with the Khans, she is directly responsible for their deaths.
Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who died during a terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, spoke at the Republican National Convention a couple weeks ago. It’s no secret that she blames Clinton for her son’s death, and all Clinton does is dismiss the frustrated mother’s rhetoric as if Smith has no clue of what she’s talking about.
Clinton has repeatedly lied to the families of the Benghazi victims, and in answer to Smith’s RNC speech, Clinton blamed Smith’s memory as the reason for her blaming Clinton, according to Fox News.
“But Clinton said during a Sunday interview on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that Smith must not have correctly remembered their conversation during the 2012 ceremony.
“‘As other members of families who lost loved ones have said, that’s not what they heard,’ Clinton said. ‘I don’t hold any ill feeling for someone who in that moment may not fully recall everything that was or wasn’t said.’
“Clinton’s response is nothing new. During a March Democratic debate, Clinton said of Smith, ‘I can’t imagine the grief she has about losing her son. But she’s wrong. She’s absolutely wrong.'”
Patricia Smith is also a Gold Star parent, and Hillary has all but accused her of lying. To make matters worse, attempts of Patricia to find out information about the death of her son have not been met kindly. She has been repeatedly told by officials that, as she is not an immediate family member, she is not authorized to know anything.
Not an immediate family member? She’s the fallen soldier’s mother.
Imagine for a second if Donald Trump accused Khizr of lying about a facet of his son’s death, when Trump in fact was directly involved with authorizing the actions and inactions of the group of men of which Humayun was a part when he died.
Do you think the mainstream media would give him a free pass? Do you think they’d sweep the matter under the rug like they do so often with Hillary?
I think you know the answers to those questions.
The media attacked Trump for responding to a man who called him out, which Trump has every right in the world to do. But when Clinton responds to a mother who’s in the same boat as Khan, and dismisses that mother as having a bad memory when there’s proof out there that Clinton lied about the circumstances of the death of that mother’s son, the media doesn’t blink.
Patricia Smith still has no answers about her son’s death. Clinton has the ability to give her those answers, but she hasn’t and likely never will. She has lied multiple times, and when those lies didn’t work, Hillary outright ignored Smith.
And all the press cares about is a few careless words from Donald Trump.
When you begin to pay attention to just how much Hillary Clinton gets away with, the less and less reliable the media becomes. Why do they treat her so well, when there are stacks upon stacks of dirt capable of creating story after juicy story?
The Trump, Khan spat is bound to die down as time passes, but will Patricia Smith be any closer to know how and why her son died? Hillary will likely take that information to her grave, even when she knows that coming clean is something she can probably get away with.
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