Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Trump is Hitting Khzir Khan the Exact Same Way He Hit Judge Gonzalo Curiel

As I argued in an earlier piece, Trumpism is an anxiety formation against Obama's America.

Obama's America is aesthetically very similar to Reagan's America. Obama has always admired the formal aspect of Reagan's America.

The content, however, is different. Reagan's exceptionalism was about a homogenous America where everyone looks the same,  believes the same, worships the same.

What makes you an American in Obama's America is citizenship. It's a creed not an ethnicity. In Trump's America it's all about race and ethnicity.

Look at how disprespectful and insulitng he gets here, towards Khzir Khan.

"In an interview today with a local ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump suggested that what angered critic Khizr Khan was Trump's aggressive efforts to prevent terrorists from entering the country."

"It's a very big subject for me, border security is very big. When you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. And I think that’s what bothered Mr. Khan more than anything else. And, you know, I’m not going to change my views on that. We have radical Islamic terrorists coming in that have to be stopped. We’re taking them in by the thousands.”

So he's saying Khan is a terrorist sympathizer, a terrorist himself. This was the same game in the Judge Curiel playbook. The judge wasn't fear to him, couldn't be fair to him, would never be fair to him because he's of Mexican consent and is indisposed to Trump over his plan to build a wall.

Meanwhile, there is no bottom.

"Reached by phone in New Hampshire, Baldasaro told ThinkProgress that he believes Khizr Khan, the gold star father who criticized Trump at the Democratic convention, is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. Baldasaro explained that he believes Khan has “long ties to the Clinton and Obama campaign.” That is damning because “in the White House there is the Muslim Brotherhood.” Baldasaro suggested “looking it up on the internet” for more information."

"There is no evidence that Khan had any connection to Clinton or Obama prior to agreeing to speak at the Democratic convention."

Earlier today Baldasaro tweeted an article from a fringe anti-Islam conspiracy site, making similar claims."

Lets not absolve the people who voted for Trump. Who they are is clear:

"Mike Pence had only released a text statement in the more than 48 hours since Donald Trump questioned the mother and father of fallen U.S. soldier Humayun Khan."

"He had avoided cameras and questions on Monday during his travels to Nevada after a weekend at home in Indianapolis."

But at a town hall in this Nevada town on Monday night, the Republican vice presidential nominee got the question — from a mother of an active Air Force staff sergeant:

"Time and time again Trump has disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans — and his disrespect for Mr. Khan and his family is just an example of that," Catherine Byrne, the mother of Raymond Harmon, who is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf, said to Pence. "Will there ever be a point in time when you're able to look Trump in the eye and tell him 'Enough is enough?' You have a son in the military. How do you tolerate his disrespect?"

The crowd booed Byrne as she asked her question. Pence did attempt to quiet the jeers after she spoke, saying, "folks that's what freedom looks like and what freedom sounds like," to a smattering of applause.

"Byrne's son, 27, has served since high school — having previously deployed to Iraq in 2009 and 2010. He re-enlisted and is now on his second deployment on a base in the United Arab Emirates.

"I felt disrespected," Byrne told NBC News after the event, regarding the crowd's overwhelming reaction to her. "And that was what my question was — disrespect toward the military. The crowd as a group booed me."

And Trump is already telling these same people that any result where he doesn't win is 'rigged.'

The Economist poll has Hillary up at 44% approval and 54 percent disapproval continuing the post debate bounce for her personally, showing it did do the job.

Clearly the Dems has some success as I thought they would.

Some good news for Bernie supporters if this holds up on the CNN poll.

In CNN Poll, Sanders voters: Clinton 91% Trump 6% Neither 2% Other 1%

This suggests the convention did bring a lot of Bernie fans home.

Finally, I'm really disappointed in this Errol Louis piece where he draws a false equivalence between the Khan family and Patricia Smith.
I couldn't disagree more. The Khans nowhere accused Trump of personally holding Trump responsible for the death of their kid. What Patty Smith did was of a very different magnitude. 
But I don't remember Hillary impugning her like Trump has the Khan family even though this woman had literally claimed blood is on her hands. 
False equivalence goes this far. 

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