It was no doubt one of the most poignant moments of the Democratic National Convention when Khizr Khan, the father of Hamayun Khan, a young American Muslim soldier who died fighting for the United States during the Iraq War, slammed Donald Trump over his xenophobia.
However, almost everyone knew the powerful words would have no effect whatsoever on the foul-mouthed Republican presidential nominee and he no doubt would spew off an undignified response.
And he did.
Trump spent the past weekend attacking the parents of the U.S. Army captain who laid down his life to defend his country and save several fellow soldiers in the process. Instead of addressing Khizr’s concerns and questions, the boorish billionaire questioned the silence of Ghazala Khan, Hamayun’s mother, on the DNC stage, implying she wasn’t allowed to speak during the speech because she is Muslim.
The shameful mockery of a slain American soldier set of a scorching round of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Later, Ghazala responded to Trump’s offensive assertion by saying she didn't say anything because she “was in pain.”
But during all this time, the one person who remained inexplicably silent was Trump’s VP candidate Mike Pence — until now.
It was only after The New York Times pointed out Pence’s silence on the feud that Pence delivered a formal statement, which appeared a conspicuous attempt at damage control:
"Capt. Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror," the Indiana governor, who is Trump's running mate, wrote. "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.
"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," he said. "Donald Trump will support our military and their families and we will defeat the enemies of our freedom."
As is evident, the statement has more to do with the rise of the terrorist group, instead of the disgraceful remarks Trump spewed against Hamayun’s family.
Moreover, instead of addressing Trump’s insulting remarks against the grieving family, Pence used this moment as yet another opportunity to blame President Barack Obama. This comes as politicians — and really any decent person with a working brain — on both sides of the aisle repudiated Trump's horrendous comments.
But in his statement, the VP candidate appears to blame Capt. Humayun Khan's death on Obama, which, as several people pointed out on Twitter, is an absurd claim since he was killed on the battlefield nearly four years before Obama took office.
2 things about this appalling statement: 1) Khan died 4 years before Obama took office. 2) Pence voted for the war. https://t.co/xgOGIWsZZl— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 1, 2016
Gov. Mike Pence is an idiot to blame Capt. Humanyun Khan's death on Obama and Hillary. Capt. Khan died in 2004, while Bush still in office.— Arizona Democrat (@LiterateLiberal) August 1, 2016
Just another example that shows how both Trump and Pence just can't resist political opportunism and that every word Trump speaks drags Pence down into the moral gutter as well.