It doesn't take much to imagine Donald J. Trump lost in the bowels of his gilded tower right now doing a spot on imitation of William Shatner. You know the scene well. It's when Captain Kirk's face twists in rage as he screams, "KHAN!!!" and it echoes through the very core of the planet he is seemingly stranded on.
Indeed, last week Mr. Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala managed to punch one of Trump's multitude of buttons and the republican nominee couldn't help, but retaliate. Unfortunately for him, the Khans are not some political opponent he's running against, or random media critic. They are the parents of a genuine American war hero who gave his life in the defense of not only the men he commanded, but the country itself.
Their sacrifice and dignity seems to be a concept Trump just can't wrap his ego around. He first went on social media to question whether Khizr Khan's speech had been, "scripted," by the Clinton campaign. Then he questioned why Mrs. Khan stayed silent during her husband's presentation. The ham handed hint was she wasn't allowed to speak because of either her religion, or that she might have disagreed with her husband's speech.
He seemed oblivious that she did speak the next morning in an interview with MSNBC. But let's face it, Don Trump has never been one for such details.
Yesterday he was on ABC's "This Week" and was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. In response to Khan's assertion he had, "sacrificed nothing," Trump had this to say, "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've built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."
When Stephanopoulos, somewhat incredulously, asked him if such achievements were really sacrifices, Trump responded by saying they were.
Actually, Don that sort of stuff falls under the heading of investments. Ones which you have been more than willing to tell everyone you and your family happily profit from.
Not knowing the difference between the two calls into question not only Trump's fitness to be commander in chief, but his basic understanding of the English language.
Hey, lose a kid in battle, Don, then--in return--get nothing more than a chump change insurance policy pay out, a couple of medals, and a crisply folded flag. When you do the rest of us, including the Khans will listen to you about your sacrifice.
Today El Don played the martyr card when he tweeted, "Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and now is all over TV doing the same thing--Nice."
Apparently Trump expected him to blow kisses. Let's face it, the candidate has spent months talking about banning every Muslim immigrant, no matter what their character, or heart simply because of their religion. You know, the same one, Captain Humayun Khan believed in on the day he was killed in combat.
John McCain, whose own service to the nation, Donald Trump went out of his way to demean, said Trump's attack on the Khans did not reflect the views of the GOP, its leadership, or its candidates. Unless, of course, you count the guy they nominated for president and all the other republicans who, while edging ever so subtly away from him, refused, as Mr. Khan pleaded so eloquently, to repudiate him.
Meanwhile, the AP is reporting that late Sunday, Trump's savage cohort, Roger Stone and other supporters began sending out tweets with a link to an anti Islamic/conspiracy theory web site. It accuses, Khizr Khan of being a secret agent of the Muslim Brotherhood who is working toward the establishment of sharia law world wide. As usual with these horrific hate sites, it has offered absolutely no viable proof of the ugly allegation. Not that the truth matters to those who read it. All they know is it makes them feel their xenophobia is justified and might get them an erection without a pill.
Within the next few hours you can bet on Trump to tweet something along the lines of, "Some people, are saying," Khizr Khan is a terrible mole sent to undermine the fabric of American society."
For those naïve souls out there, you shouldn't expect anything Trump says about the Khan family, no matter how libelous, to cut into his core support. Those fascist fucks like evil shit like this.
Yes, we can only hope the few remaining sane republicans and vast numbers of independents will begin to see the big orange guy for what he truly is and vote accordingly.
In the end, it's one of the few hopes we can hang onto during these days of Donald Trump's nightmarish campaign which paints a portrait of brutal dystopia, panders to hate, and celebrates his incredible narcissism.
sic vita est