Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention has turned him into an overnight celebrity a la Barack Obama, or Wendy Davis. (Surely you haven’t forgotten Wendy Davis.) The mainstream media have gone into a frenzy about the speech, and Trump’s response helps the media keep it going. Here, the beat goes on in the New York Times. I think Trump’s instincts on this are all wrong, and I mean wrong in every respect, but who am I to judge? He’s gotta be him — an embarrassment and disgrace to the issues he purports to care about.
Mr. Khan is a Muslim immigrant to the United States. His son was killed serving in Iraq. His speech slammed Trump with a set of talking points crafted to portray him as a lawless bigot. Here is the text of the speech in its entirety (video below):
Tonight, we are honored to stand here as the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.
Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy — that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.
We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.
Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.
Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son “the best of America.”
If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.
Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.
Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”
Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.
You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division.
We are Stronger Together.
And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our next President.
Here’s the funny thing. There is only one candidate who wants to amend the United States Constitution to limit our freedoms. Clue: It ain’t Donald Trump.
The implication of Khan’s speech is that Trump threatens “liberty” and “equal protection.” I don’t know what he’s talking about and I doubt he does either. These are talking points and non sequiturs, not an argument.
The implication seems to be that limiting Muslim immigration is unconstitutional. That is 100 percent baloney.
Democratic orthodoxy supports the disparate treatment of American citizens by race and all the rest. According to the Democrats, equal treatment is racist.
Oh, well. We aren’t supposed to think about it too hard. We are meant to make the transition from “Yes We Can” to “Yes We Khan.”