While Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention was definitely focused on the historic moment of the first woman accepting the nomination for president from a major party, the night offered a number of other highlights. One of them was the speech from Khizr Khan, father of Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.
Khan, who is Muslim, used his seven-plus minutes to talk about his son and point out that if it were up to Donald Trump, Humayun would have never served his country, because he never would have been allowed in this country. Mr. Khan, flanked by his wife, then delivered an absolutely devastating takedown of Trump:
“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’…Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing. And no one.”
Goddamn is that good. In fact, everyone should watch the entire speech it in it’s entirety. Below is video, courtesy of the DNC:
Now, you’d think this would be one of those things that conservatives and even Mr. Trump would just brush aside and not mention. Y’know, pretend it didn’t exist. Seriously, a father of a slain Muslim war hero highlighting Trump’s own lack of service and ignorance of the Constitution. Best just to let that slide, right?
WRONG. At least for one very loyal Trumpkin. Likely sipping back one too many Chardonnays, conservative provocateur Ann Coulter took to her Twitter to mock Khizr Khan for his thick accent, comparing him to Fareed Zakaria (who she mocked earlier this month).
You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zacaria.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 29, 2016
Good job spelling Zakaria’s name wrong. However, I think Ann would take that as a compliment, considering his name isn’t very Anglo.
Well, as you’d imagine, Ann took a beating on Twitter after that remark.
I’m past being angry with Ann Coulter & now just wonder how unloved she must have felt as a child to grow up to this https://t.co/q90OqtiHV2
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) July 29, 2016
Hey @AnnCoulter: Your subhuman tweet about Mr. Khan, who is a better American than 1000 of you, has made me actually feel sorry for you
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 29, 2016
ICYMI: Ann Coulter just mocked the father of a man who gave his life fighting for our country. https://t.co/rHc04OlWHg
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 29, 2016
tfw when Erick Erickson takes on Ann Coulter pic.twitter.com/EvFEeVcQfh
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) July 29, 2016
Beyond the fact that Coulter likely did this just to get a reaction, hoping to ‘trigger’ some libs, we really have gone through the looking glass, haven’t we? We now have conservatives ridiculing the families of dead soldiers while they rally around a guy who got five deferments to avoid service during the Vietnam War. Democrats highlight both their optimism and concern for national security while Republicans are fine with their standard-bearer playing footsie with Putin and Russia.
Strange days. Strange days indeed.