In the original Star Wars trilogy, Admiral Ackbar, the fish looking character, screams, “It’s a trap,” as the rebel forces flying into an Imperial ambush.
Republicans are flying into a similar trap.
A week ago, during the Democrat Convention, a lawyer named Khazir Khan, made a now famous speech to Donald Trump. He even offered Trump a copy of his pocket constitution.
Khan’s main claim to fame was that his son was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. By all accounts, Captain Humayan Khan died heroically, saving his men from a suicide bomber. Captain Khan sacrificed his life for this nation. Khazir Khan did not.
Almost as soon as the speech was over, Donald Trump was goaded into attacking Khan and has managed to keep a negative narrative alive for almost a week. That takes a special kind of talent.
Khazir Khan and the Democrats response has been that no one is allowed to criticize Khan because he is a gold star parent. Khan is a lawyer who specialized in a very abused form of immigration laws that allow investors in this nation to purchase citizenship. He has also written that Islamic law should trump America’s constitutional law.
The trap that many Republicans have fallen into is the trap that says, we cannot criticize Khan because he is a gold star father.
Yes, we can.
When Khan took the stage in Philadelphia, he politicized his son’s death. That makes him fair game. What we are seeing from the Democrats is a favored liberal debate tactic. A liberal makes a point, then the rest of the liberal crowd says, no one is allowed to criticize the person making a point because of ‘X’. In this case, they are saying, no one can criticize Khan because his son was killed in action.
Far too many Republicans are buying into this idiocy.
If Khazir Khan wants to be a part of the political discussion, let him. By the same token, he gets treated like everyone else. No one argues Captain Khan’s heroism and no one says they do not have sympathy for the parents who lost a child. But that does not give Khan an absolute shield from which to lob his attacks and not be called out on them.
Calling Khan out for his Islamist beliefs is not the same as disparaging the death of Captain Khan. Calling Khazir Khan out for being a Democrat shill is not the same as insulting the bravery of Captain Khan.
This is a lesson Republicans should learn.