Sunday, July 31, 2016

Master Baited

Following up from yesterday's Drumpfski gaffe du jour, it appears that maybe Mister Man finally picked a fight with someone willing to fight back. After Drumpfski's remarks in response to Khizr Khan's scathing DNC speech, both Khans took to the media to repudiate his bitter nonsense. Mr. Khan wins the round with what should become a defining phrase:
"He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country," Khan said. "The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief -- that our experience in this country has been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul."


"Two things are absolutely necessary in any leader or any person who aspires, wishes, to be a leader. That is moral compass and second is empathy," Khan said.

Khan called on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to withdraw their support for Trump.

"It is a moral obligation -- history will not forgive them," he said. "This election will pass, but history will be written. The lack of moral courage with remain a burden on their souls."

He said those GOP leaders have a "moral, ethical obligation to not worry about the votes but repudiate him; withdraw the support. If they do not, I will continue to speak."
[emphasis added]

Clownstick, of course, couldn't resist the urge to respond:

There's no need to parse this, but what the hell, let's do it anyway with a little recap. The Khans' DNC speech was meant to counter Drumpfski's consistent bashing of immigrant and Muslims by providing themselves as an example of a Muslim immigrant family that had moved here for opportunity, found it, became successful, and had a son who wanted to give something back in return, and gave his life for his country.

The Khans had a valid bonus point by correctly indicating that Drumpfski has never sacrificed anything at all for anyone, much less for his country, in comparison to the Khans' sacrifice, which they clearly will bear for the rest of their lives. And the Khans have never contested the rightness or wrongness of the Iraq War, so even if Drumpfski were being truthful about always being in opposition to that war, it was never the point.

Drumpfski responds by essentially proving the Khans' point for them, by weirdly comparing the extra hours he's put into his businesses to a family who lost their son in combat in terms of similar levels of sacrifice, and then by Muslim-baiting the Khans by implying that Ghazala Khan did not speak during the DNC speech because her husband wouldn't let her.

Again, this man is morally and intellectually incompetent, and proves it nearly every day in some way or other. He can't help himself; his vainglorious self-image prevents him from having some common sense. All he had to do was say he appreciated the Khan family's sacrifice for their adopted country, that he was not out to get all Muslims nor hard-working American Muslims like the Khans, and leave it at that.

But that would have been too easy, and required a bit of humility and empathy, two character traits that he would have to look up in the dictionary. All anyone has to do to glean psychological insight of the man is to look at his history; he's been nothing if not consistent.

It's hard to count on anything undoing Drumpfski's run. He's already withstood many issues and situations of his own making that would have doomed most other candidates. But this one may cost him, especially with conservatives and military veterans, and even just people who take this sort of slanderous conduct seriously. It would be the ultimate irony if the final straw came from a Muslim immigrant who also happens to be an immigration lawyer.

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