Nothing “shocks” me anymore concerning what an absolute circus the 2016 presidential election has been, but I still can’t believe this country has a candidate from a major political party who’s mocked POWs, used veterans as props to shield himself from criticism after skipping a debate and personally went after the parents of a captain who died fighting in Iraq.
Putting aside the racism, bigotry and other vile things Donald Trump has said and done throughout his campaign, belittling veterans and their families should have instantly disqualified him in the minds of decent people from being a presidential candidate.
However, not only have his supporters not abandoned him in large numbers, they’ve defended his disgusting comments about veterans and their families.
For instance, Rick Perry who told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the Khans had no right to feel protected from criticism after Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“Because he had a son that he lost to terror, that gives him a free ride to say what he would like against a candidate that he’s not for?” Perry stated. “That’s not proper, that’s not correct.”
He also accused the DNC of “using” Khizr Khan, saying that he “struck the first blow” when he criticized Trump.
“In a campaign, if you’re going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you,” Perry said.
I’m sorry, but the hypocrisy of what he’s saying here is absolutely nauseating. Not only that, but he’s basically calling the Khan family arrogant for daring to expect some sort of showing of respect from the Repubilcan party’s presidential candidate.
I don’t care if they were critical of Trump. This was a moment where a true leader recognizes a situation and rises above it. As we all know, that’s not what Trump did.
Furthermore, the GOP had as one of their speakers during their convention a mother of one of the Benghazi victims who literally blamed Hillary Clinton for the death of her son and said that she should be in prison. The only reason they had her speak was so she could go on that stage to say those things even though, based on facts, it’s wrong for her to think that. And that’s not me talking, multiple investigations — including several led by Republicans — have repeatedly said that not only is Clinton not to blame (especially singularly), but there was likely nothing that could have been done to prevent what happened.
However, if you don’t believe me, then just ask the family of the late Ambassador Stevens who’ve said that it’s completely unfair to blame Hillary Clinton for the attack.
So, for Perry to act as if Democrats were “using” Khan when his party did the exact same thing with the mother of a Benghazi victim is rather ludicrous. Let’s face it, both parties had these parents speak at their conventions knowing they would say things that supported a political narrative.
That being said, there’s a massive difference between the two situations.
You see, when the mother of the Benghazi victim went on stage to blame Hillary Clinton for her child’s death and to state she believes Clinton should be in prison, the former Secretary didn’t “go after her” like Trump did Khizr Khan. Clinton understands a fairly basic “rule” that you don’t criticize the families of people who’ve died for this country — even if what they’re saying isn’t remotely factual.
Donald Trump could have just as easily ignored Khizr Khan’s comments, thanked him for his son’s service, and let it go. Instead, Khan dared to bruise his fragile ego, which meant Trump simply couldn’t keep his mouth shut and act like an adult.
That brings me to the real hypocrisy of Perry’s comments.
Could you imagine what Republicans would have said if Hillary Clinton had publicly bashed that Benghazi victim’s mother after her speech at the RNC? They would have lost their minds. Rick Perry certainly wouldn’t be doing interviews where he said that the mother brought it on herself and “shame on her” for expecting to be able to say whatever she wanted without expecting any kind of response.
I have absolutely no doubt that if Hillary Clinton had responded in a similar way to that mother as Trump did to Khizr Khan and his wife, the GOP and the right-wing media would have gone after her relentlessly with such over-the-top vitriol that I don’t even want to imagine how bad it would have been.
That’s why Rick Perry’s comments are absolutely pathetic. Not only is it obvious that, had Clinton done something similar, he certainly wouldn’t be defending her – but Perry actually tried to justify Donald Trump’s pathetic attempts to demean Gold Star parents of a fallen American hero by more or less saying “they started it.”
Words really cannot accurately express how ashamed I am that these people are allowed to represent our country.
Watch his comments below via CNN:
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