Election 2016 Islamophobia

Trump Advisers Say Khizr Khan is a Treacherous Agent

I had a brief moment of debate with myself over whether or not I should post this because it's so predictable, but while it may be entirely predictable, we can't afford to let it become normal.

Right on cue as if they were reading from a script, Team Trump has pulled out all the stops to attack Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen Army captain who offered Donald Trump a copy of the Constitution.

Longtime Trump advisers Roger Stone and New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldaraso have accused Khan of being a secret agent in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The adviser, Al Baldasaro, tweeted a link to an article from Shoebat.com, a fringe anti-Islam conspiracy website. The article also suggests (without any evidence) that Humayun Khan, who was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze, was a jihadist who joined the military to kill Americans. [...]

The article was also promoted by Roger Stone, one of Trump’s oldest and most influential advisers. Stone left the campaign in 2015 but is still in regular contact with Trump, providing political advice.

For his part, Roger Stone has gone much, much further.

Stone appeared on hate radio this morning where he claimed Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic convention because he wants to promote Sharia Law.

STONE: Mr. Khan is being used to attack Donald Trump, but his son’s tragic death is being used as a shield. If you look at Mr. Khan’s background, he is an advocate for Sharia. Sharia Law oppresses women, oppresses gays, kills Christians. This is a violent, oppressive ideology, which Mr. Khan very clearly shares. He is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. He is tied to the same sect of the Muslim Brotherhood as [Clinton aide] Huma Abedin. I’m suggesting that he has an agenda. And Trump is absolutely right when he points out the mother had little to say while the father is an advocate of Sharia, the law under which women have little to say. So Trump is actually correct here

During his speech at the convention, Khan explicitly denounced Trump for attacking people of all faiths and genders.

The nonpartisan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) released a statement today condemning Trump for attacking a Gold Star family.

WASHINGTON — Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds, said the new national commander of the near 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.

“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said Brian Duffy, of Louisville, Ky., who was elected July 27 to lead the nation’s oldest and largest major war veterans organization.

“There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed,” he said. “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”

To my knowledge, the VFW has never been forced to condemn a presidential campaign for attacking a veteran's family before today.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    The Khans show the strengths of immigration. I saw their interview on the PBS Newshour last night, I can’t remember the last time I heard someone who was born here speak as forcefully about the promise of America and the sacredness of voting and the constitution. Khan believes in America way more than the Trumpists do.

  • FauxReal

    Stuart Stevens, Republican strategist, just said the RNC should withdraw support from Donald Trump and put Pence at the head of the ticket. He said Trump has disqualified himself.

    Sally Bradshaw, co-author of the Republican autopsy, has left the Republican party. She also said if the race in Florida is tight she will vote for Hillary instead of a 3rd party.

    She also said:

    “This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties,” she told CNN. “Donald Trump cannot be elected president.” She continued: “As much as I don’t want another four years of Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump.”

    Hopefully more good Republicans will put country first.

  • Aynwrong

    As disgusting as this is it may have a silver lining. It’s showing Trump’s true nature. Not that it wasn’t obvious from the moment he began his campaign but for a lot of people the bigotry has be this naked in order for them to no longer be able to deny it.

  • muselet

    At this point, cockroaches recoil in disgust from Al Baldasaro and Roger Stone.


    • Aynwrong

      At this point the cockroaches are all looking up saying “Yeah, we’ll be over here chillen with the worms cuz they at least have some class.”

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Well it’s really Humayun Khan’s fault. You see, he went and got himself killed and, as we know, that makes him a loser just like John “I like people who weren’t captured’ McCain. /sarc

    Look, I’m all in favor of free speech and, for what it’s worth, I don’t agree that anything is out of bounds. Even attacking the family of a dead soldier. Honestly, I don’t. BUT – and here’s the catch – if you’re going to go there, you better have some damn good supporting evidence.

    I think this country’s hero worship of the military borders on psychosis. But the guy gave his life for this country. Surely that affords him a certain level of respect and an obligation that any posthumous attacks be well sourced, no?

    • Aynwrong

      Yes. And well said.

  • Groundloop

    I read elsewhere (Wonkette of TPM most likely), that the basis for the idea that Mr. Khan supports Sharia law is because he wrote a law review article about it. Much like how when I, as a member of a debating society, had to take a position in favour of capital punishment, that must mean I’m in favour of capital punishment. Spoiler alert! I’m not.

    Also, Captain Khan must not have gotten the memo about being a jihadist bent on killing Americans, what with the officer training, rising to the rank of Captain and then sacrificing himself to stop the car bomb outside the compound and saving countless lives.

    Shorter version: Fuck Al Baldasaro and fuck Roger Stone.

    I hope I have enough booze to get through the rest of the day.

    • Badgerite

      You know, that was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Some scholarly law review article.. Comparing Sharia law vs US Constitutional law or something like that. Or how Sharia law evolved. And no that certainly does not make you an “agent” of anything. Mr. Khan was a powerful rebuke to every bit of fear mongering and unconstitutional, unAmerican spewing forth that has come out of the trump campaign. So, of course they are going to attack his dead son and them. This man and his campaign are pond scum.

  • There is no level to which Trumpists won’t stoop

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      This may be why Trump is already getting skittish over the debates. I highly doubt that he is anything but extremely confident he’ll crush Hillary but he also has advisers now and those people do not want Trump to be the first GOP candidate to call his opponent a ‘bitch’ on national TV which is what this is all leading up to. Sure, his supporters will love it, but it will be the official end of any chance he has to be president.

      • Draxiar

        Normally I would agree but through this whole election process it’s never been more apparent to me that we should never underestimate the stupidity of American voter.

    • FauxReal

      Nope – especially if he’s still drawing big crowds and doing well in the polls. I am just amazed at how well he is doing in the polls. How is it possible that so many people like what this defective human is selling. Even if he loses we will still be left with those Trump fans. I can’t call them the best of us.

      • I have relatives who support him. It is one part disbelief that he means anything he says and so they project whatever they need on to him and two parts of Hillary Derangement. Fox News has literally poisoned their minds. Otherwise they’re nice people. I can’t even go on Facebook anymore because I can’t bear to read their screeching.