Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” today to blame President Obama for the death of Army Captain Humayun Khan in 2004.
President Obama was elected in 2008.
Pierson was responding to a question about whether or not Trump had apologized to the Khan family, who appeared at the DNC to speak about the death of their son, Captain Khan. Khizr Khan, the fallen soldier’s father, admonished Trump for stoking his voting base’s fear of Muslims.
Donald Trump has consistently demonized those of Islamic faith throughout his campaign by promising to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States and to use Nazi-style tactics like registering Muslims in a national database.
Pierson’s answer regarding the apology was convoluted, but she clearly pointed blame at President Obama and Secretary Clinton for the death of Humayun Khan in June of 2004. The only problem is, Barack Obama wasn’t the president in 2004 and Hillary Clinton was not yet the Secretary of State.
‘It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life, so I don’t understand why it’s so hard to understand why Donald Trump was confused about why he was being held responsible for something that he had nothing to do with while Hillary Clinton had everything to do with.’
The Khans never blamed Donald Trump for their son’s death. They called out Trump for his hateful rhetoric toward Muslims. They also called him out for his stereotyping, which has fanned the flames of Islamophobia and led to violence and bigotry against Americans of Islamic faith.
The speech they gave was not to blame Trump for their son’s death, but a call to publicly recognize patriotic Muslim Americans who do not fit Trump’s stereotype. The apology they ask for is because Trump’s response to the speech further stereotyped Muslims as misogynistic and abusive toward women. He questioned why Khan’s wife did not speak at the DNC, asking whether she was “allowed” to speak.
Even more confusing is the blame laid on Obama and Clinton. On June 8, 2004, Barack Obama was still an Illinois State Senator, not a US Senator. Hillary Clinton was a US Senator and did vote in favor of the Iraq War, which she has since said she regrets, but Pierson doesn’t even realize that Obama was not president in 2004, so who knows if she understands where Clinton was at the time.
See the segment below:
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