Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Meanings of Khizr Khan

The Meanings of Khizr Khan (Part 1)

Meaning # 1:  Khizr Khan has been a better spokesperson as to why to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump,  or at least to vote against Trump, than Clinton herself has been.

Meaning # 2:  Khan has put more fear into Donald Trump than John Kasich, Paul Ryan, or perhaps even Hillary Clinton...

Meaning # 3: He's not going away any time soon, either as an eloquent spokesman for what it means to be an American or as a campaign issue.

From the New York Times today:

Khizr Khan, the soldier’s father, lashed out at Mr. Trump in an interview on Saturday, saying his wife had not spoken at the convention because it was too painful for her to talk about her son’s death.
Mr. Trump, he said, “is devoid of feeling the pain of a mother who has sacrificed her son.”...

Mr. Trump told Mr. Stephanopoulos that Mr. Khan seemed like a “nice guy” and that he wished him “the best of luck.” But, he added, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”

From the Washington Post today:

“They begin to see this person who can hardly speak correct English, who has an accent — and they are saying, ‘How dare he say something of that profound nature?’ Not profound in their eyes, but profound in how many people have responded,” said Khan, a Harvard-trained lawyer who lives in Charlottesville, Va.