In the aftermath of Republican nominee Donald Trump starting a feud with a Gold Star family because he was mad about their DNC speech, the Trump campaign has tried to mobilize their folks to hit the media trail and defend their candidate. Staffers, spokespeople and surrogates have tried, mostly in vain, to provide cover for Trump as he whines about being “viciously attacked” by a Muslim couple whose son gave his life in the Iraq War.
While we’ve heard a ton of whoppers from the Trump camp in relation to the Khans — Khizr Khan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he practices Sharia law and is trying to spread it in the US, the Clinton campaign wrote his speech — we hadn’t really heard anyone say that the family needed to tell Donald Trump that they’re sorry. That is until Wednesday.
Appearing on CNN, one-time GOP presidential primary frontrunner Ben Carson showed up to tell Wolf Blitzer that the Khans should apologize to the Republican standard-bearer.
“I don’t think it would be harmful if they apologized to him and he apologized to them. But I don’t see that happening.”
Why? Well, he would really tell us.
“Well, for one thing, if you accuse someone of something that’s not true, it usually is a reasonable thing to acknowledge that.”
Now, right there, that would have been a good time for Wolf to jump in and say, “What did they say that wasn’t true? Can you elaborate?” But, because it is Wolf, we got no such follow-up. Instead, Blitzer just asked, “So you’d like for the Khans to apologize?” because someone doesn’t like confrontation despite being in this business for decades.
And we were thus treated to one of those classic Carson soliloquies in which he drones on about real problems and issues, the need for everyone to get on board with each other, something something unity, something else about both sides, all delivered in a sleepy monotone. Basically, he said something that only he apparently gets while everyone else scratches their head.
Anyway, the Khans need to say they’re sorry to Trump over some secret grievance for the sake of unity in this country because division will bring us down. At least, that’s what I learned from the good doctor on Wednesday.
Below is video of the exchange, courtesy of Crooks and Liars: