Trump attacked a bereaved military family. Will he survive the backlash? | The Tylt
Donald Trump's public feud with a Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq has drawn serious condemnation from across the entire political spectrum. Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention, where Mr. Khan denounced Trump in a powerful, unscripted speech—saying the candidate has “sacrificed nothing and no one" for America.
Trump lashed out by saying Mr. Khan had no right to criticize him, that he had indeed sacrificed for the nation, and asked if Mrs. Khan did not speak because she was not allowed to as a Muslim woman. The back-and-forth between the couple and the candidate has only continued since.
Have we finally reached peak Trump?
Unlike so many of Trump's controversies, the firestorm over his attacks on the Khans doesn't seem to be dying down. The families of 17 fallen soldiers (who are known as Gold Star families) have demanded Trump apologize. Smearing private citizens—particularly ones whose child was killed in action—violates many political and social norms. Trump insulted the Khans' religion; many feel his attacks provide more proof that he is bigoted towards Muslims, and find his attacks on grieving parents appalling. Trump may have crossed a line with Americans that they will not forgive or forget.
But Trump has weathered so many political conflagrations that would have destroyed other politicians' careers that he seems immune to the typical rules of political discourse. From publicly ridiculing a disabled reporter to joking about Sen. John McCain's experience as a prisoner of war, Trump violates taboos on a daily basis. Not only has Trump gotten away with a lot, he vanquished 16 other candidates in the Republican primary. Clearly, millions of voters are enthusiastic about his attitude and behavior—it simply underscores his reputation for being frank, honest and unscripted. People love that Trump is not "politically correct." And as always, his outrageous comments keep him front and center in the media—for free. Perhaps his feud with the Khans is not a miscalculation—maybe he is playing this situation perfectly.
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Trump attacked a bereaved military family. Will he survive the backlash?
I think that the dignity & pain of the Khan Family contrasted against the bigotry & insensitivity of Donald Trump may be a turning point.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 1, 2016
Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our "leaders" to eradicate it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2016
I've watched Republicans slander Max Cleland, John Kerry, Tammy Duckworth, and now Khizr Khan. It's a feature not a bug.— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) August 1, 2016
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