Khizr Khan Smeared As A Terrorist For Speaking Out Against Donald Trump – Huffington Post
These sorts of smears are what many high-profile Muslim Americans face. The two Muslim American members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.), as well as top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, frequently face such accusations.
And the attacks aren’t only targeted at Democrats. Anti-Muslim groups went after Virginia Del. David Ramadan (R) as a “stealth jihadist” and a tool of terrorists when he first ran for his seat in 2011.
“It was hurtful to see because it was not true and these people were making it up for political purposes. It was pathetic and it was bigoted,” said Ramadan ― who received endorsements from top Republican figures ― after his election. “But I have a tough skin, so I dealt with it.”
And in 2015, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) ― who is now a Trump supporter ― stood up for Sohail Mohammed, a Muslim American man he nominated for a seat on the New Jersey Superior Court of Passaic County. Conservative writers called Mohammed “a longtime mouthpiece for radical Islamists” and charged Christie with being “in bed with the enemy.”
Trump and his campaign have continued to attack the Khan family. He implied that the reason that Khan’s mother didn’t speak during the convention was because she wasn’t allowed to.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump told ABC News on Saturday. “She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.” Ghazala Khan responded in a Washington Post op-ed, however, saying the reason she didn’t speak was because she was too overcome by grief.
I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.
Since then, the Trump campaign has tried to spin away from the Khans’ message and on to the topic of terrorism.