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Are Gold Star Families Being Used to Pimp for the Political Parties?

By Rob Tenery, MD on August 8, 2016

The more this story of the fallen son of Muslim father, Khizr Khan, plays out, the more it appears to be a set-up by the Clinton campaign to play their hold-card--- demonize Donald Trump.

Kahn’s son, Captain Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. He was awarded a bronze star and is an American hero by all standards. The soldier’s parents’ appearance before the Democratic National convention was considered the highlight of four-day event, in many eyes, even surpassing Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech. Khizr Kahn’s challenge to Donald Trump is that he had not made the ‘sacrifices’ that his son had made for this country. Holding up material that he removed from his pocket, he asked angrily “have you ever read the Constitution Mr. Trump? If not, here is mine.” In a follow-up interview on CNN, Khan went on to say, “He (Trump) is a black soul, and is totally unfit for the leadership of this country… They (the world) have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.”

Although Trump did acknowledge that Khan’s fallen son was a hero, he then shifted into his own defense. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump answered. He then turned his attention to Khan’s wife stating, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that she was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say.”

Trump’s comments set off an uproar, claiming the Gold Star parents (those of fallen American soldiers) are off limits to any criticism regardless of what they might say. Although Trump seems incapable of backing down, in subsequent interviews, he appears to accept the criticism that he should have not mentioned Khan’s wife in his response to Khan’s original accusations.

The decision to ask the Khans to speak at the DNC was to rebuke Donald Trump’s controversial stand on immigration from the Middle East countries that are currently involved in turmoil. The plan worked! But it worked mostly because, as a counter-puncher, Trump took the bait.

The Republicans were just as guilty of exploitation, rolling out Patricia Smith, whose son, Sean, the U.S. information office that was killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi. “I hope Hillary Clinton enjoys hell,” Smith told the attendees at the Republican National Convention, where she claimed that the Secretary-of-State, knowing lied to her. Ms. Smith relates that Mrs. Clinton told her that her son’s death was based on the anti-Muslim video that had been the reason for unrest in other areas of the Middle East. Mrs. Clinton confessed to her own daughter that it wasn’t true, before she addressed the parents. When questioned by Fox’s Chris Wallace about Patricia Smith’s claim, Mrs. Clinton deflected the accusation intimating that Patricia Smith may not have heard her correctly. That’s the difference between the seasoned political veteran, Clinton, and the new outsider to the world of politics, Trump.

The widespread criticism of Trump has been overplayed because it’s all part of the Democrats’ plan to take him down. The mainstream media didn’t help Trump’s case either--- reportedly devoting 50 to 100 times more coverage to the Khan story than to Patricia Smith.

 A case can be made for Patricia Smith because she claims to having been present when Clinton made that statement. Khizr Khan’s vehement criticism of Donald Trump having a ‘black heart’ and ‘unfit for leadership’ accusations don’t pass the ‘smell test’. First, the Khan’s son died 16 years ago in a war that Trump opposed from the start. Second, neither of the candidates for the Oval Office ‘made the sacrifices’ of serving in the military, and neither did our current President or Bill Clinton. Third is Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim migration from the war-torn Middle East is about the safety of U.S. citizens, supposedly the Khan’s fellow countrymen. That is until we look at the Khizr Khan’s life other than a grieving father.

Khan has deep ties to the government of Saudi Arabia—and to international Islamist investors through his own law firm. In addition to those ties to the wealthy Islamist nation, Khan also has ties to controversial immigration programs that wealthy foreigners can use to essentially buy their way into the United States—and has deep ties to the “Clinton Cash” narrative through the Clinton Foundation. Khan, according to Intelius as also reported by Walid Shoebat, used to work at the law firm Hogan Lovells, LLP, a major D.C. law firm that has been on retainer as the law firm representing the government of Saudi Arabia in the United States for years. Citing federal government disclosure forms, the Washington Free Beacon reported the connection between Saudi Arabia and Hogan Lovells. The government of Saudi Arabia has donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given between $10 and $25 million to the foundation while Friends of Saudi Arabia has contributed between $1 and $5 million,” Joe Schoffstall of the Free Beacon wrote.*

The two major political Parties have stooped to using some Gold Star parents to pimp their messages. Unfortunately, in calling on Khizr Khan, they may have used the wrong pimp.

Donald Trump is vulnerable and the Clinton campaign knows it. In some ways he reacts like a child. If he is serious about becoming President then he has to demonstrate some measure of restraint. Because Hillary Clinton’s record is so flawed and Obama’s policies have failed to move this country forward, her campaign will keep throwing out the bait. It’s their only chance of tripping up Trump. With this last fiasco, Trump has shown that he might just stumble!

 * http://truthfeed.com/khizr-khans-legal-firm-tied-to-saudis-clinton-foundation-and-shady-pay-to-play-u-s-immigration-practice/14579/





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