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Any doubt Khizr Khan delivered just an organic, spontaneous repudiation of Donald Trump on the final night of the Democrat National Convention was erased when Khan made subsequent appearances on MSNBC and CNN.

Khan used his interview on Lawrence O’Donnell’s “The Last Word” to demand Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repudiate Trump.

Ryan issued a statement in support of Muslim Americans, but not a repudiation of Trump, through spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

“The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.”

Khan doubled down on his demands of Ryan and McConnell on Sunday’s “State of The Union” on CNN.

As of Sunday morning McConnell did not comply with Khan’s demand to repudiate Trump, much less make a statement. Hillary Clinton seamlessly incorporated Khan’s rhetoric into her Pennsylvania and Ohio campaign stops, even accusing Trump of attacking the Khans’ son, Captain Humayun Khan, who posthumously received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after being killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004.

Clinton lied.  Trump did not attack the late Captain Khan.  His statement:

(New York, NY) July 30th, 2016– The Trump for President campaign today released the full transcript of Donald J. Trump’s response to a pre-taped ABC This Week question from George Stephanopoulos referencing criticism from Khizr Khan.

As shown in the full transcript, Mr. Trump doesn’t compare his sacrifices to anybody else’s, and in fact praises Mr. Khan and wishes him well.

Mr. Trump also released a statement Saturday praising Mr. Khan’s son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed serving in Iraq:

“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.

“Further, Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi. The loss of these lives in Libya is directly traceable to Clinton, but their families’ testimonials were rejected by the media.

Clinton’s actions have been reckless and have directly led to the loss of American lives. And her extreme immigration policies, as also laid out by American victims in Cleveland, will cause the preventable deaths of countless more — while putting all residents, from all places, at greater risk of terrorism.

As Bernie Sanders said on numerous occasions, Hillary Clinton suffers from “bad judgement.” She is not qualified to serve as Commander in Chief.”– Donald J. Trump

The interview transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS:

I don’t know if you saw this speech, but there was a man named Khizr Khan speaking at the Democratic Convention last night. His son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed serving in Iraq. And he had some very tough questions for you. He said you wouldn’t have even let his son in America.

TRUMP:

He doesn’t know. He doesn’t know that. I saw him. He was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. 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. She was extremely quiet. And it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that. And personally, I watched him. I wish him the best of luck.

STEPHANOPOULOS:

What would you say to that father?

TRUMP:

Well, I’d say we’ve had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism. That’s what I’d say. We have a lot of problems, where you look at San Bernardino. You look at Orlando. You look at the World Trade Center. You look at so many different things.

You look at what happened to the priest over the weekend in Paris, where his throat was cut, 85-year-old, beloved Catholic priest. You look at what happened in Nice, France, a couple of weeks ago. I’d say you’ve got to take a look at that, because something is going on. And it’s not good.

STEPHANOPOULOS:

He said you have sacrificed nothing and no one.

TRUMP:

Well, that sounds – who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it? Because everybody that went out there, we also had John Allen who failed with ISIS. I mean, he was a general, Allen, General Allen. He went out. And he was ranting and raving. And then I read a report. He was in there for a number of months. And he failed with ISIS.

STEPHANOPOULOS:

You saw Hillary say last night, you don’t know more than the generals.

TRUMP:

Well, I’ll tell you, the generals aren’t doing so well right now. Now, I have a feeling it may be Obama’s fault. But if you look at ISIS…General McArthur and General Patton, they’re spinning in their graves. The generals certainly aren’t doing very well right now. And General Allen, after I saw he was on ranting and raving about me, who he never met, I checked up. Guess what. They weren’t so happy with him. He didn’t beat ISIS. He didn’t beat ISIS. He didn’t do even well with ISIS.

STEPHANOPOULOS:

How would you answer that father? What sacrifice have you made for your country?

TRUMP:

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, built great structures. I’ve done, I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.

STEPHANOPOULOS:

Those are sacrifices?

TRUMP:

Oh, sure. I think they’re sacrifices. I think when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things, even in military. I mean, I was very responsible, along with a group of people, for getting the Vietnam Memorial built in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.

I raised, and I have raised, millions of dollars for the vets. I’m helping the vets a lot. I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof, far greater than hers. She’s done nothing. All she’s done is tell everybody that the vets are in good shape. They’re fine. And they’re not fine. People are waiting on line for seven days to see a doctor. She thinks it’s fine.

Khizr Khan is now effectively a Clinton campaign operative, working under cover of the tragedy of the death of his son.  He was chosen by the Clinton campaign to leverage the cover of the loss of Captain Khan to work to attack Trump, and now, GOP leadership.

Mr. Khan is an immigrant who now angrily demands open immigration for fellow Muslims.  His loss does not qualify him to direct U.S. immigration policy.  He is not an expert at vetting immigrants or refugees.  Much the same way the families of victims of gun violence are not entitled to strip Second Amendment protections from the rest of us, Mr. Khan is not entitled to demand the U.S. government or a current or future President comply with his beliefs on immigration.

Further, it’s clear Khan was cultivated by the Clinton campaign not only to attack Trump, but to make larger points that echo tactics Clinton and Democrats have used all along, which is to demand Republicans everywhere repudiate Trump.  Despite Khan’s protestations that he never wanted the attention, he now embraces it and functions just like any Clinton surrogate.

Khizr Khan avails himself to media expressly to attack Trump and create Republican party disruption and sow discord over their nominee. If Khan wants to immerse himself in a political campaign, he’s fair game to confront. Clearly Hillary Clinton is exploiting his tragedy to allow him to attack Trump at will, demanding immunity to any challenges to Khan’s political rhetoric.

He’s way beyond merely defending the honor of his fallen son. Khan is acting like a political operative in a Presidential campaign now, therefore he is one and should be treated like one.

Here’s the endgame of Khan’s exploitation by Clinton: If and when focus groups reject his bellicose style, he’ll be no longer useful to the campaign.

  • J Story

    Wait. Didn’t his kid die in a military action *supported* by Clinton (and opposed by Trump)? You got to hand it to her side for being able to spin it so that it somehow becomes *his* fault.

  • dolores lopez

    Sounds like a father using the death of his son to further his cause. In this case its horrible hillary clinton. How much did she pay you. Hillary is a dead cause walking. Doing her best to destroy this country. She needs prison now. If clinton wouldnt help our men in Benghazi why would she care about your son? She will use anyone to get her cause. Even you, your wife, and your son. No one matters to hillary but hillary. I saw a picture of her and she looks like a evil zombie. Watch who you support.