Khizr Khan, the immigrant father of a Muslim-American U.S. Army captain who died for our country in Iraq, the man who brandished his copy of the United States Constitution at the Democratic National Convention and suggested Donald Trump read it, is making more effectively right now the point I have made to Senator John Thune, Senator Marion Michael Rounds, and Representative Kristi Noem: Republicans have a moral obligation to reject their unfit Presidential nominee:
“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” [Eric Bradner, “Khizr Khan: Trump Has a ‘Black Soul’,” CNN.com, 2016.07.31].
The Republican nominee has responded with his usual distractions and insults, saying that he made sacrifices, too, in building his skyscrapers and suggesting that Mr. Khan didn’t let his wife speak at the convention. The idea that Trump has made sacrifices merits no response, but Mrs. Khan explains her convention-stage silence with a heart-rending column in today’s Washington Post:
I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family [Ghazala Khan, “Trump Criticized My Silence. He Knows Nothing About True Sacrifice,” Washington Post, 2016.07.31].
Public Policy Polling finds Hillary Clinton gaining six points in favorability post-Phialdelphia while Trump gained just one point from the Cleveland stage. The latest Morning Consult poll, taken Friday and Saturday and released this morning, shows Clinton reversing Trump’s convention bump and retaking a three-point lead. If Ryan, McConnell, Thune, Rounds, and Noem would publicly acknowledge the failure of their nominee to understand sacrifice, empathy, and love of country, that lead would be far greater, and Republicans could redirect their energy from excusifying for Trump to fighting for downticket races where they don’t have complete jerks on the ballot.
Ryan, McConnell, Thune, Rounds, and Noem should take some advice from the Khans’ fallen son:
University officials let Mr. Khan read an application essay his son wrote for a residential college. In the essay, Captain Khan wrote of how “liberty requires vigilance and sacrifice” and that those who are “beneficiaries of liberty must always bear this in mind, and keep it safe from attacks” [Richard A. Oppel, Jr., “In Tribute to Son, Khizr Khan Offered Citizenship Lesson at Convention,” New York Times, 2016.07.29].
Those who are vigilant, those who have made real sacrifice for the cause of liberty, will not let spoiled insult-king Donald Trump become President.