Trump, his surrogates, and his campaign continue to ram their collective feet further down their own throats. Of course, we are talking about Trump’s reaction to Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
It looks like everyone is condemning Trump for attacking the family of a soldier who was killed in action. Not just Democrats but also Republicans, and especially veterans. Surprising names among the people saying that Trump should apologize to Khan include Sarah Palin’s son-in-law and Chris Christie.
And then Trump really pissed people off. He staged an event where a Purple Heart recipient gave Trump his medal. But Trump couldn’t get that right. He sounded like he was making light of it, responding, “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” You normally only get a Purple Heart if you are seriously (and permanently) injured or killed. Saying you want a Purple Heart either means you don’t know what a Purple Heart is, or you’re certifiably nuts.
This mess coincided with a new report that shows that Trump received five draft deferments in order to get out of serving in the Vietnam war. If he really wanted a Purple Heart, he sure was going to great lengths to avoid it.
Finally, the winner of the “adding insult to injury” award is Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson. In an interview on CNN, Pierson blamed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the death of Humayun Khan, for heartlessly ordering him on that ill fated mission. Except that Captain Khan was killed four years before Obama was elected president (or Clinton became Secretary of State).
In response, the hashtag #KatrinaPiersonHistory went crazy on Twitter. People are sarcastically blaming Obama and Clinton for the death of JFK, the death of Alexander Hamilton, The Alamo, Hurricane Katrina, the Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and even the Black Plague.
Also published on Medium.
To borrow a comment I saw regarding Trump ejecting a baby from a VA rally:
“I can’t tell reality from parody anymore.”
For the last 20-30 years (especially since 9/11), the GOP has waved the flag in everyone’s face while at the same time trashing our veteran’s when it suits their cause. Think Kerry, Duckworth, others and now McCain and Khan. It just sickens me. I’m sure not many republicans view this blog but if you do please explain to me how on earth you could vote for Trump or for that matter any republican that disrespects a veteran opponent because of their military service. (And if you’re military or a veteran I’d be even more interested in your logic).
North Carolina has a very large military presence. Trump’s cavalier attitude and disrespect for veterans (which I am not) does not play well here. It could easily be the difference in this swing state which was tilting red.
Lets not forget how Georgia treated Senator Joseph Maxwell “Max” Cleland with the ad from the Chambliss campaign.
Ouch Dave! but you’re right. That was really shameful.