Donald Trump Faces Backlash, Ridicule for His Response to Fallen Muslim Soldier's Parents
Donald Trump has angered some and given others a chuckle with his response to a slain Muslim soldier's father, who railed against the Republican presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention last week.
In interviews he gave following the speech by Khizr Khan, whose Army captain son was killed in Iraq in 2004, Trump assured voters that--despite what was said in the speech--he has made sacrifices for America.
"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's scriptwriters write it?" Trump said in an ABC interview. "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard."
When pressed by interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Trump named job creation as his sacrifice. "I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."
Following his interview, Trump detractors took to Twitter to mock the candidate with the help of the satirical hastag #TrumpSacrifices.
Among them was actor Don Cheadle, who wrote "
#TrumpSacrifices I had to do my own hair today. No one else. Me! Just think about that for a second ..."
There's only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect. Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pray for his family.— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 31, 2016
Trump's other response to Khan's tweet was to question why the Harvard-educated attorney's wife did not speak as well in what some saw as ajab at their Muslim faith.
"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," he said to Stephanopoulos . "You tell me."
This comment, too, drew a rapid social media response, including from Trump's former rival John Kasich.
"There's only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect," Kasich tweeted. "Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pray for his family."
The soldier's mother, Ghazala Khan, defended herself in a Washington Post op-ed on Sunday. "Trump criticized my silence," she wrote. "He knows nothing about true sacrifice."