Trump, with his complete inability to keep his mouth shut, has been ticking people off on both sides of the aisle for quite some time. You’d think that this late in the campaign cycle he’d be toning it down a bit. But he continues to get on the wrong side of politicians. Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released a statement in support of the Khan family. He also manages to throw in some much-needed commentary on Islamophobia. McConnell’s statement reads:
‘Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Kahns and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values.’
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 31, 2016
Though the Senate Majority Leader did not mention Trump by name, the statement was a clear allusion to a comment the billionaire made earlier this week following the DNC.
Khizr and Ghazala Khan are the parents of Humayun Khan, a Muslim immigrant and American soldier who lost his life fighting for his country in Iraq. The speech they delivered at the DNC was heartfelt and powerful, but The Donald didn’t seem to think so. He responded by insulting Khizr and his wife.
‘His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say. She probably… maybe… she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that.’
He employed his tried-and-true tactic of not providing any evidence for a statement other than “lots of people are saying it”. After that, he listed off every recent terror event he could think of. Then he continued with a bit of self-promotion.
‘I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs […] I raised and I have raised millions of dollars for the vets, I’m helping the vets a lot.’
He concluded by listing a few projects he’d done recently that were roughly on par with losing a son at war. Such as lying about building a Vietnam memorial and donating money to veterans’ organizations after being hounded about it significantly.
Predictably, as any responsible leader should, Senator McConnell seems to be interested in distancing himself as much as possible from some of the more extreme Trump statements. And while McConnell currently still endorses Trump, it’s unclear how long he may be able to justify that decision. Were he to revoke his endorsement, McConnell would join a long list of Republicans who have opted out of supporting the party’s nominee. Among them are Barbara Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Lindsay Graham, and Michael Bloomberg. Other big names, such as Condoleeza Rice and George Bush Jr. and Sr., have elected to abstain from being involved with the election.
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