Here's video of Rick Perry unloading on Khizr Khan. Because that will end well for him.https://t.co/Xf6q5D5bvn— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) August 16, 2016
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric against Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim solider who sacrificed his life in combat for the United States.
Khan spoke powerfully at the Democratic National Convention in July, condemning Trump for spurring on Islamophobia in the country and asking the billionaire what he had sacrificed for the country.
Trump responded by insulting Khan and his wife, asking whether his wife was even allowed to speak during the DNC, while his campaign’s co-chair declared that Khan did not deserve the title of a Gold Star parent because he was “anti-American.”
Now Perry has joined in, defending Trump’s comments by claiming Khan started it: “In a campaign, if you’re going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you,” he said on CNN.
“Why in the world that he thought he was going to get a free ride with that is beyond me," he continued. “He shouldn’t get a free ride when he’s going to inject himself into the political arena."
Khan said nothing wrong in his DNC speech, and certainly nothing that warranted Trump’s offensive response—as the father of a slain Muslim solider, he shared a perspective on Muslims in the U.S. Trump and his supporters are completely blind to.
According to The Texas Tribune, Perry only endorsed Trump in May and had previously called him a “cancer on conservatism”—he has, apparently, had a drastic change of mind since then.
Twitter users quickly called out Perry for attacking a Gold Star family and backing Trump.
when Rick Perry takes a cheap shot at Khizr Khan and in doing so again makes him part of the news cycle pic.twitter.com/vjQyLFvzhc— side-eye spice (@goldengateblond) August 16, 2016
Ok, Rick Perry, bad-mouth the father of an American soldier killed in combat; show your ignorance. TX will vote blue https://t.co/7BeEsFyfL4— Jennifer French (@gullsimpression) August 16, 2016
Trump, Rick Perry and others treat Khizr Khan like a politician because he made a convention speech, and they actually think that’s wise.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 16, 2016
Rick Perry, the Kahn family didn't get a "free ride." Losing their hero son is a hell of a price to pay for exercising freedom of speech.— Emanuel Z. (@therealezway) August 16, 2016
Rick Perry 7/15: Trump is a cancer— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) August 16, 2016
Rick Perry 8/16: no one speaks to Mr. Trump that way, I don't care how many of your soldier kids died
Perry has made numerous controversial comments in the past, but supporting Trump against a veteran’s family was an indefensible move on his part.
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