By now you’ve likely at least heard about if not actually heard Khizr Khan’s powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. Mr. Khan and his wife Ghazala lost their son Captain Humayan Khan when he was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. This Gold Star family had some very pointed words for Donald Trump:
Donald Trump responded pretty much how you would expect him to: He attacked the Khan family. The man who got five deferments to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War denigrated the parents of this war hero, even suggesting that Ms. Khan was silent on stage because she is a Muslim woman who was not allowed to speak. Never mind that Trump’s own wife often stands silently beside him when he bloviates in front of a microphone. Ms. Khan later explained that she is still too emotionally despondent over the loss of her son 12 years ago to be able to speak about it in public.
In his speech, Mr. Khan pulled out a pocket U.S. Constitution and asked the man he accurately describes as having a “black soul” if he’s ever actually read it. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” he said. “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, look for the words, liberty and equal protection law.”
“If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims,” he continued. “He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country… Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Trump went on nonsensically to say he has “sacrificed” by creating tens of thousands of jobs, equating job creation to the violent loss of a loved one, and to attack the family further on Twitter. He absurdly pivoted to saying this isn’t about the Khans but about “RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM!” His ongoing obsession with attacking anyone who criticizes him has turned what might otherwise have been a one-day news event into a multi-day PR fiasco that has Republicans and other conservatives around the country – including veterans groups like VoteVets.org and the VFW – excoriating Trump in press releases and statements.
The Michigan Democratic Party wants to be sure the Republican nominee has actually read the U.S. Constitution and is now planning to send copies to him. And that’s where you come in.
In honor of the 27 Amendments to the Constitution, for a contribution of $27 or more, we’ll send Donald Trump a copy of our founding document, in your name, so that next time he talks about stripping rights away from U.S. citizens, he’ll have one handy to remind him of what it means to be an American.
Thank you for all that you do to keep our country great.
It’s time to let Donald Trump know that our country will not stand idly by while he disparages our war heroes and their families.
[Image courtesy of the Michigan Democratic Party]