Today we honor all Gold Star Mothers, whose sons & daughters made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms. Our prayers are w/ you. pic.twitter.com/gxEGpngl6w— Official Team Trump (@TeamTrump) September 25, 2016
America’s biggest known bigot and one of the two people most likely to become the next president of the country, Donald J. Trump, decided to celebrate the Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day by posting a social media status acknowledging and praising the mothers of the fallen soldiers.
“To all Gold Star Mothers, your sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms, and I know you did too,” the Trump campaign wrote on Facebook. “My thoughts and prayers are with you today and every day.”
It would have been a touching statement if it came from anyone else, but coming from the foul-mouthed business mogul, it is purely ironic considering how he repeatedly mocked and insulted the mother of another American war hero – the late Capt. Humayun Khan.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview with ABC, referring to Capt. Khan’s mother Ghazala Khan, after her husband, Khizr, gave a moving speech at the DNC with her standing by his side.
The feud between the Khan family and the Republican nominee continued for days following the Democratic National Convention address where the father of the slain soldier rebuked Trump as unpatriotic and selfish.
“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America,” Khan had said at the time. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”
Trump responded by asking if his Democratic rival, Hilary Clinton, had scripted the entire thing.
“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it?” he asked before questioning Ghazala Khan’s silence. “She was extremely quiet and it looked like she had nothing to say.”
Trump is truly shameless to attack the family of an American hero. Many thanks to the Khan family for your sacrifice, we stand with you.— Karen Finney (@finneyk) July 30, 2016
While Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson reacted to Khan’s statement by blaming President Barack Obama for Capt. Humayun Khan's death – and later released a half-hearted apology – Trump’s New York campaign co-chair Carl Paladino went on to suggest that the Khans didn’t deserve to be Gold Star parents.
“All right, I don’t care if he’s a Gold Star parent,” Paladino said during a radio interview with Connell McShane. “He certainly doesn’t deserve that title, OK, if he’s as anti-American as he’s illustrated in his speeches and in his discussion. I mean, if he’s a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or supporting, you know, the ISIS-type of attitude against America, there’s no reason for Donald Trump to have to honor this man.”
If Trump really wanted to extend his thoughts and prayers to the Gold Star families, he perhaps should have started by apologizing to the Khans.