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Trump’s latest failure represents his end

Trump’s latest failure represents his end

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Monday September 14, 2015. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News)

Trump’s latest failure represents his end
August 02
09:54 2016

Preston Mitchell | Opinion Editor


Last week’s Democratic Convention was bound to spark controversy, but ironically enough, the biggest also happened to transcend multiple parties thanks to Donald Trump. On Monday, after criticizing the Muslim parents of a slain soldier, the infamous bigot appealed to our very own Congress to gain support in this feud. While the bullying has come as a shock to many, even the most vocal Trump haters, his disrespect of this family has occurred since last December.

Enter Khizr Khan, the father of the soldier, who was one of the first Muslims to publicly speak against Trump after he called for a ban on Islamic immigrants. “It’s the values [of America] that brought us here, not our religion,” Khan stated in an interview. “Trump’s position on these issues do not represent those values.”

Khan’s son, Humayun, was killed in 2004 after walking towards an explosive vehicle, sacrificing his life to save his unit in Iraq. “Those 10 steps told us we did not make [a] mistake in moving to this country. These were the values we wanted to adopt. Not religious values, human values,” his father said.

Khan was last seen on the final night of the DNC to honor his son and their community. He claimed that if it was up to Trump, his son wouldn’t have been able to save his fellow Americans. In turn, Trump used an ABC interview for his rebuttal: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” He went on to criticize Khan’s wife, asserting that she had to stay silent during her husband’s speech. Later that night, Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, made a brief statement on their behalf.

“Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American.”

The statements of these politicians don’t just contradict each other, but also illustrate that Trump’s era is beginning to end. Not only has his candidacy been predicated on racism, sexism and disgusting prejudices, but his pestering of an American family is the final nail in the coffin that is the contemporary Republican Party. While Republicans and Democrats are equally necessary – we are touted as a democratic republic after all – Trump’s party members have begun to speak in favor of the Khans. And for the better.

Even John McCain, a POW during the Vietnam War, issued a scathing critique: “While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” McCain has joined the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the realm of politicians who venerate Humayun Khan’s heroism.

This is all important to note because we live in an age of progressiveness. Our generation is finally mature enough to be unshaped by the Islamophobia of beforehand. Plus, our technological advancements have reached a point where we have more information at our disposal than we know how to deal with.

For these reasons, history will not allow Donald Trump to be our next President. He’s a living, breathing embodiment of a bygone time where ignorance was acceptable. Not just prejudicial ignorance, but a failure to understand how the current world operates, which explains his unlawful suggestion to hack Hillary’s emails.

What once started off as something of a joke – the initial idea of President Trump – has now become a sad decision backfiring on the Republican Party. Trump’s latest failure only backs up this fact. Therefore, if we really believe in American values like the Khans, it’s our civic duty to block Trump from the White House this November.

It’s only a matter of time before his antics are over.

Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Monday September 14, 2015. (Nathan Hunsinger | The Dallas Morning News)

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