To Stump A Trump

Have Donald Trump's media-confounding skills deserted him?

This entire presidential campaign has been the most astonishing display ever of a Teflon Candidate, one who puts Slick Willie to shame.  No matter what was said, no matter how outrageously the media portrayed it, or how far outside the Overton Window it might be, Donald Trump's poll numbers simply rose, against all predictions, for a year straight.

And what a change he has wrought!  It seems strange, but merely a year ago, nobody in public life would ever, ever suggest that Muslim immigration simply be banned!  Now it's talked about everywhere and polls show a majority of American voters approve.

Similarly, only the most far-right extremists talked about seriously building a real wall and attempting to deport all illegals, and nobody even suggested that Mexico might pay for it.  Now the idea is everywhere and, again, to wide public support.

For all that time, the mainstream media and conventional politicians scratched their heads, trying to figure out Mr. Trump's secret.  On the other side, Trump supporters reveled in the "home truths" being publicly spoken for the first time in many, many years.

This week has marked a change.  For the very first time, Donald Trump seems to have smashed into an iceberg that did him more damage than he it, in the form of the Khan family.

The Wrath of Khan

At the Democratic National Conventions, amongst the speakers was one Khizr Khan.  Mr. and Mrs. Khan hail from Pakistan, but their son Humayun Khan died a hero's death in American uniform.  As such, that makes the Khans a Gold Star family - one which has sacrificed a child to American military service.  The Khans are all naturalized American citizens, as well as devout Muslims.

Mr. Khan could well have said many worthy, patriotic things - his gratitude for the opportunity granted him by America, say, or his son's love of country that led him to his sacrifice, beyond the brief nod to these truths in his opening paragraph.  His life presents an obvious "Only in America" story which would have been well-received by all Americans.

Instead, alas, he spoke before a convention that only moments before had booed a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient - even more a hero than the late Captain Khan - with nary a rebuke.  And the substance of his words was even worse, and better dramatized:

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."

As a graduate of Harvard Law school, even without a Constitution in his pocket, Mr. Khan knows this is a bald-faced lie: the Constitution simply does not apply to foreigners, and only applies to resident aliens on our sufferance.  Even less does it apply to illegal aliens who have no civil rights whatsoever and only posses the bare minimum of human rights granted them by their Creator.

But, in keeping with decades of Democrat practice, Mr. Khan intentionally concealed the truth with a brazen falsehood, to thunderous applause, riding on the back of the heroic death of his son.

Lest you think this was an aberration, the intervening weeks have revealed that Mr. Khan's career has been dedicated, not merely to importing as many Muslims into our country as possible, but arguing for the imposition of barbaric and un-American Sharia law!  He wrote in an academic paper:

The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah. All other juridical worksmust always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.

At the very least, this disqualifies Mr. Khan from any public office.  How can you swear to defend the Constitution when you plainly believe that a completely opposing work outranks it?  We would argue that this is, by definition, unAmerican as well, and is strong proof that the oath they swore at their naturalization was a fraud.  Obviously their son's was genuine, and he proved it in the most serious way possible, but a foundational American principle is that every man stands on his own actions and beliefs independently.

Clumsiness in the Defense of Liberty Is No Virtue

These facts deserve to be made known to the American people.  True, the Khans have sacrificed a son who died nobly in American service.  Does that forever protect them from criticism of their un-American views?

Let's consider an analogy - what would the media say if the Republican Convention had featured a neo-Nazi couple whose son had died honorably in American uniform?  The question answers itself.  Yet, as we've long argued, Islam and Nazism are functionally equivalent.

Donald Trump, let it be clearly stated here because it won't be elsewhere, had nothing but good to say about the late Captain Khan:

Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero.

This is exactly what he should have said.  What else is there to say?

Then Trump continued,

But this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our "leaders" to eradicate it!

Even this wouldn't have been a big deal if he'd left it at that.  Unfortunately, he then attacked the living Khans - not on the grounds of their anti-American religious practices and actions, but on vague stereotypes.

His wife, if you look at his wife she was standing there, she had nothing to say. Probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me, but plenty of people have written that.

This wasn't an unreasonable guess - Mrs. Khan was indeed fully dressed in the Islamic garb of our sworn enemies who prefer women to be neither seen nor heard - but it was clumsy, unPresidential, and in the event, turned out to be wrong.  Mrs. Khan, despite appearances, is perfectly capable of talking and does not shy from doing so.

Since then, as is his wont, Mr. Trump has refused to back down despite the growing firestorm of criticism.  Attacking a mother!  Of a hero soldier!  Who died in our nation's service!  As if Democrats haven't run entire movements on similar perfidy in living memory.

Trump's steadfastness in his incendiary beliefs is a major reason why downtrodden working-class Americans admire him.  The problem here isn't that Trump won't back down when he should.

The problem is, for reasons unknown, he is failing to attack hard enough!  If all you hear is what the media tells you, you'll naturally think Trump is a cad and an oaf.  You certainly won't hear one word about the absolutely legitimate grounds for severe criticism of the anti-American Khans - the parents, that is, not the hero son.

So why won't Trump use his megaphone to tell the truth?  If he won't go backwards - and he shouldn't - then he needs to go forward with all speed!

Meanwhile, the wound festers and the media's false narrative becomes more firmly entrenched.  Donald Trump became the Republican nominee because he was best able to wrongfoot the biased media and punch his message through their smokescreen, but his abilities seem to have mysteriously abandoned him.  He needs to find them again, and fast.

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

.... only "the most 'far-right' extremists" talked about seriously building a real wall and attempting to deport all illegals ....

OK, so only the furthest right "extremists" seriously say they'll build a wall and will also deport the millions of criminal aliens.

Sounds Good, to me. But where are these so-called "far right extremists?"

Isn't it closer to the Truth that, in America, there is no such demographic? (And that, in any case, in almost every instance of its being employed, the target of the term "far right" is usually just another totalitarian socialist claque that's unpopular with whatever other ideologically-identical fascissocialist gang and its media mates are employing the term?)

And that way more than half of Americans of all walks of life and political bent would support the securing of our borders by any means and including by the building of a wall? And that all that's preventing the building is the absence of the political will?

August 5, 2016 7:48 AM

Yes, of course that's true, which is why it's in quotes. The point is, prior to Trump only people who were willing to be called extremists open talked about actually enforcing our immigration laws seriously. A whole lot more silently agreed but didn't dare say so. Trump has at least made it possible for people to talk about it and realize they're not alone.

August 5, 2016 9:45 AM

Petrarch, that's utter nonsense. Trump has made the immigration debate far worse for conservatives, not better. Take the rose colored glasses off, and look at the entire political landscape for three seconds.

Pre-2015, it was perfectly possible and commonplace to have reasonable discussions about immigration - re: economics, foreign policy, terrorism - and what the repercussions and solutions might be. You could support building a wall or having means testing and whatever.

Now, when you make a comment against immigration - any comment, no matter how benign or axiomatic - it's viewed as being pro-Trump. If one opines about even scratching one's head about immigrants, one is automatically assumed to be a bomb-throwing flag-waving Trump-voting cretin.

That's one of the many problems deluging out of Trump's rightist facade. Conservativism is becoming Trumpism when the two are really opposites. When he loses the election in November, he will be killing at lot more than just his own ego.

August 5, 2016 5:20 PM

To wit...

Heh. Guess it's easy to be of A Like Mind when reality clears like this.

August 6, 2016 8:53 AM

For those that really want to know the Khans, instead of believing 35 year old outdated misinformation from Breitbart and Scragged, check out this article by the Times:

Sharia lovers? yeah right. The man has a stack of pocket constitutions that he hands out to everyone who visits his house and office. He drones out about the important of freedom and constitution, so much so that Univ. of Virginia allows him for years to speak to cadets on the subject.

But don't believe any of that. He's really a secret sharia guy because of a paper he may or may not have written in a different country 35 years ago before he came to america.

August 6, 2016 11:45 AM

"career dedicated to...importing as many muslims as possible" you have no credibility writing things like that and I hope your readership understands how bat-shit crazy that is. Khan and his children are as secular muslim as you can be. He consults to law firms about electronic discovery and waves the constitution around more than toby keith.

here's the original paper he wrote 35 years ago while working on his first law degree in pakistan:

It is a secular academic article on law and sharia. It's a scientific paper, not him proposing anything or judging the american constitution .

Lord in heaven, you Trumpers don't even bother reading the stuff you link to anymore.

August 6, 2016 11:59 AM
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