Trump’s vice presidential pick once again had his work cut out for him as he frantically tried to stop the leaking on the Titanic-sized mistake he tied himself to. Unfortunately, his attempt to do some damage control fell flat.
Nobody has ever mistaken Mike Pence for a thoughtful man. He is perhaps best known as the governor who cost his state of Indiana tens of millions of dollars over an angry, hateful attempt to legalize discrimination against gay people. He is, however, a smarter man than Trump. Unlike his boss, Pence seems to have recognized that spending the weekend smearing the grieving mother and father of a fallen war hero isn’t exactly good politics.
As a last-ditch effort to help, he dashed off a hastily written explainer that tried to cast Trump’s comments in a new light. Nobody in the Trump campaign seems to have noticed that this new light is almost as bad as the old one.
It’s a short statement but contains a dizzying amount of bad info. Let’s break up the lies into two segments:
Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American.
Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror. Due to the disastrous decisions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a once stable Middle East has now been overrun by ISIS. This must not stand.
First, Pence ignores the fact that Captain Khan gave his life in 2004. Obama was years away from being president. Clinton was years away from being Secretary of State. Pence’s own George W. Bush’s presidency-defining legacy was to destabilize the Middle East. Trump also lied about Humayun Khan’s father as well as floated the spurious idea that his mother wasn’t allowed to speak because of her Islamic faith. Neither reaction evokes the word “cherish.”
Let’s go on:
By suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS at its source and projecting strength on the global stage, we will reduce the likelihood that other American families will face the enduring heartbreak of the Khan family.
Donald Trump will support our military and their families and we will defeat the enemies of our freedom.
Pence also attempted to spin Khan’s death as proof that “radical Islam” is a threat to Americans. However, Khan died in Iraq. Preventing Muslims from coming to the United States would not have saved their son. On the other hand, his family, Muslim immigrants who are shining examples of how people can come from all over the world and find a place in America would not be welcomed during a Trump presidency based on their religion and ethnic background. Calling their son a hero while spreading bigotry about his family is a disgrace to his memory.
Needless to say, the ham-fisted attempt to clean up Trump’s mess was poorly received. People saw through it immediately.
"MIKE ANOTHER CLEANUP AISLE SIX"
"christ not again" pic.twitter.com/pNy9GOHswG
— darth™ (@darth) August 1, 2016
lol good save bro https://t.co/LKcsozI1Fu
— alyssa bereznak (@alyssabereznak) August 1, 2016
I'm Mike Pence. I think you should be able to deny gay couples pizza, but I'm always willing to reheat Trump's BS. https://t.co/lW6RKVEcYr
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 1, 2016
Pence’s lame defense, as well as that of both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, may be the reason why the word “cowardice” is now trending online in the D.C. area, as well as the word “disrespectful.” Apparently, even people who work in Washington for a living were stunned by the audacity of the Trump team.
— Trendsmap DC (@TrendsDC) July 31, 2016
The legacy Trump’s appeasers leave behind will last long after Trump himself fades into obscurity. They stood by and did nothing. Or even worse, they wrote cowardly justifications for Trump’s brazen hate. Disrespectful is right.
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