Now that the conventions are over and we’re officially heading for the general election (only 100 more days, we can do this!) you’d think Donald Trump would be trying to show us he can go one day without setting the internet on fire with some outrageous comment or other. Doesn’t seem to be working out that way.
If you missed it, one of the most powerful moments of the Democratic convention was when Khizr Khan, the father of Muslim war hero Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in Iraq, stood on stage with his wife Ghazala and issued a strong challenge to Donald Trump over his proposals to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.
After asking if Trump had even read the Constitution and saying he would gladly lend him the copy he carries in his pocket, Khan declared, “You have sacrificed nothing and no-one.”
Donald Trump responded to this speech in an interview with George Stephanopoulous on ABC News — and it was shocking even for him.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” he said. “She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Because all Muslim men refuse to allow their wives to speak in public, get it? It couldn’t possibly be that a heartbroken mother still can’t speak of her dead son without crying, as she later explained in an MSNBC interview.
Trump went on to insist that he’s made all kinds of sacrifices. “I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs.” He also cited his donations to veterans groups, which as Politico points out, have been heavily scrutinized.
There’s really only one way for the internet to respond: with an epic hashtag beatdown. #TrumpSacrifices has been the top Twitter trend all day, and it’s got some beauties.
I can’t decide if The Donald is furious at being mocked on Twitter or delighted with all the extra attention. Probably both. At any rate, the Clinton campaign must be making devastating commercials out of this as we speak.