Bloomberg has published an article titled “Backlash Grows Over Trump’s Comments on Dead Muslim Soldier’s Parents.” The article states that “Donald Trump resumed his war of words with the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, writing on Twitter that by questioning whether the soldier’s mother was “allowed” to speak at the Democratic National Convention because of her Muslim faith, he was making an understandable response to having been “viciously attacked” during her husband’s speech.” The article further states that Trump’s main opponent, Hillary Clinton, has “seized on Trump’s weekend of troubles.”
Khizr Khan addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday about his son, Army Cpt. Humayun Khan, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. Cpt. Khan’s mother stood silently on the stage, while her husband asked whether Trump had ever read the U.S. Constitution, and suggested Trump has “sacrificed nothing” for the United States.
The article explains that Trump replied “‘I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq War, not me!’ …The billionaire’s reference to his own experiences spawned a trending Twitter handle on Saturday, #TrumpSacrifices.”
The article points out that Trump’s response—which included an accusation that Khan’s speech was written by the Clinton campaign—has received negative remarks from many influential Republicans. “‘If you’re going to be leader of the free world, you have to be able to accept criticism, and Mr. Trump can’t,’ said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been a leading critic of Trump since dropping his own presidential bid in December.”
Read the article here.
Questions for discussion:
- Does this story’s continued presence in the news help the Trump or Clinton campaign? Does it hurt either campaign? Explain your answers.
- Trump’s reply to the accusation that he has not sacrificed for the United States has been to point out the buildings and jobs he has created. Are these the sacrifices that Captain Khan’s father was asking about? Why or why not?
- Should the silence of Captain Khan’s mother have been an issue in Donald Trump’s response to her husband’s remarks? Give reasons to support your answer.
- Is Hillary Clinton’s vote in favor of the Iraq War an important issue in this year’s presidential campaign? Explain why you feel this way.
- What does this story suggest about Donald Trump’s ability to act as commander-in-chief of the armed forces? Explain your answer.