Khizr Khan and wife

Donald Trump’s Fair Question to Khizr Khan

Donald Trump is not the usual candidate.  He doesn’t have handlers who tell him what kind of shirts to wear, the amount of scuffing his shoes need, and of course, what to say.  He speaks his mind.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, who hasn’t held a press conference in over two hundred and umpteen days, Mr. Trump is on TV all the time, doing interviews and giving press conferences, without notes or teleprompters.

As a result, he sometimes gets himself in trouble, especially with the left, due to the things he says off the cuff.

What may bother the left most of all is that Donald Trump is not scripted.  He hasn’t invested millions of dollars into focus groups to find out what people want to hear.

A case in point is the recent uproar Trump caused when he responded to the parents of Humayun Khan, an Army captain, who lost his life in Iraq in 2004.

Surely all Americans appreciate the Khan’s sacrifice for this nation and are grateful that they raised such a fine upstanding young man.

But their appearance at the 2016 Democrat convention was a result of Trump’s position that we should temporarily suspend immigration from known hostile Islamic regions until a proper vetting system is in place.

First, let me say, Mr. Khan would do well to remember that ISIS didn’t exist when he and his wife immigrated to the United States so many years ago. The landscape is quite different.

Further, he should also note that there is no indication that Mr. Trump held this position before the rise of ISIS.

So what did Donald Trump say this time that caused such outrage?  In my opinion, nothing!  He said what many Americans thought as they listened to Mr. Khan at the DNC.

Come on, folks!  His wife didn’t say a word.  She barely showed any emotion.  Many were left wondering if she wasn’t allowed to say anything as a result of Sharia law.

Remember, Trump was answering a question put to him by former Clintonista turned ABC reporter, George Stephanopoulos. He was asked to respond to Mr. Khan’s speech.

Trump began by complimenting the Khan’s and then said, “She (the mother) had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

So why was Trump unsure if Mrs. Khan was allowed to say anything?  Cause in many Muslim countries, especially those integrated with Sharia law, women are viewed as property, second-class citizens, who have to walk five feet or so behind their husbands with their faces covered.

Donald Trump merely asked the question millions of Americans were thinking.

But like a school of piranha sensing blood, leftwing newspapers across the nation screamed with headlines such as “Trump Attacks Family of Fallen Soldier” and “Trump’s Awful Comments.”

Part of the irony being, Pat Smith, who lost her son Sean during the Benghazi attack and spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention just a few weeks previous, received the opposite treatment from the liberal media.

An article by Steven Benen with MSNBC had this headline “RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain.”

Weeks later he did a piece on Mr. Khan’s speech with the headline “Khizr Khan’s words won’t soon be forgotten.”

Like it or not, Donald Trump’s comments weren’t awful.  His comments weren’t even an attack.  In fact, it wasn’t a comment at all.  It was a question.  And to be honest, it was a fair question!

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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