Monday, August 1, 2016

Hillary doing better on the stump?

Hillary got a bounce.

She's back in the lead.

And this.

The Democratic convention might end up inflicting even more damage to Trump's standing, seeing as in the days since the poll was conducted Trump has waged a media battle with two of the convention's highest-profile attendees, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in action.

In a speech at the Democratic gathering, Khizr Khan asked Trump, "Have you even read the U.S. Constitution?" referring to Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. 

In response, Trump hinted that Ghazala Khan was prevented from speaking at the convention because of religious fealty to her husband and declared that Khizr "is all over the place" and had "no right" to question his knowledge of the Constitution. 

Trump's attacks have provoked outrage even among Republican leaders who have professed support for him.

Arizona Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and a POW during the Vietnam War, put out a statement condemning Trump for having "disparaged a fallen soldier's parents. 

"He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States -- to say nothing of entering its service. 

"I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement. 

"I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates."

While we were away for a few days, Hill passed through western Pennsylvania and spent some time in Pittsburgh.

Listening on MSNBC radio, she seemed to be making a well-targeted speech, addressing the death of Captain Khan, the deaths of many Muslim soldiers who have died fighting terrorism, and Trump's apparent denigration of Khan's parents in particular.

Mr. Khan in a powerful spokesman against Trump.

The father of a slain Muslim American war hero demolished Donald Trump in a damning DNC speech.

“You have sacrificed nothing,” Khizr Khan said, just after drawing raucous applause when he offered to lend the GOP nominee a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Khan’s son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in June 2004 while saving his unit from a car packed with explosives.

The 27-year-old was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Also, Hill is putting on stage to report some of the apparently numerous contractors and tradesmen Trump has personally stiffed, and she is making more of his outsourcing.

From what I heard, she is sounding very natural and comfortable on stage, nowadays.

More on the Khan flap

No, it's not unconstitutional.

Nothing in the constitution prohibits discrimination in immigration or in issuance of visas on the basis of race, religion, political views, medical history, criminal background, or anything whatever.

Still, perfectly understandable Mr. Khan is not happy with slurs on Islam in general or anything that looks like turning our battle against terrorism into a battle against Islam.

But it's possible indeed Trump has never read the constitution.

On the other hand, when you consider people study it more only in order to lie about it more effectively, that's maybe not such a fault.

GOP Leadership including Ryan and McConnell are ripping Trump on this one.

And both Republican congressional leaders took issue with Trump, issuing statements Sunday that praised the Khan family and reaffirmed their opposition Trump's proposed Muslim travel ban.

"America's greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it," House Speaker Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said. 

"As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it. 

"Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. 

"His sacrifice -- and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan -- should always be honored. Period."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, offered similar sentiments.

"Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Captain Khan and their families have made in the war on terror," McConnell said in a statement Sunday.

"All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services," McConnell said. 

"And as I have long made clear, I agree with the (Khans) and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values."

And this is just great.

But both men noticeably did not mention Trump by name in their brief statements, that came hours after Khizr Khan called on them to repudiate Trump.

"It is a moral obligation -- history will not forgive them," Khan said of Ryan and McConnell on CNN's "State of the Union." 

"This election will pass, but history will be written. The lack of moral courage will remain a burden on their souls."

He told CNN's Jim Acosta those GOP leaders have a "moral, ethical obligation to not worry about the votes but repudiate him; withdraw the support. If they do not, I will continue to speak."

A bit on Muslims in America.

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