August 1, 2016


Donald Trump's Race to the Bottom Becomes a Sprint (DAVID FRENCH, July 31, 2016, National Review)

In the last two days, Donald Trump has declared that Gold Star father Khizr Khan had "no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things," speculated that his wife, Ghazala, "maybe wasn't allowed to have anything to say," and discussed his own business as his example of "sacrificing" for his country. That's a man who hopes to take an oath of office to "preserve, protect, and defend" the Constitution apparently forgetting about the First Amendment. That's a man seeking to be commander-in-chief of the military who treated a Gold Star mom as if she was a mere tool of her husband. And a man who mentions his business success as a "sacrifice" in the context of discussing a soldier who gave the last full measure of devotion to his country is a man without shame.  

It's hard to overstate how much Trump's comments contradict the culture of the military he seeks to lead. Gold Star families are treated with reverence, and the mere sight of a Gold Star pin means that soldiers of all ranks move quickly to serve. They don't ask the parents' views on policy. They don't care about the parents' personality, ethnicity, or faith. They have suffered immense pain for our country, and a country that cannot honor that pain isn't a country that deserves any man or woman's sacrifice. A candidate who can't respect those parents doesn't deserve to lead.

Posted by at August 1, 2016 3:54 PM