You’ve probably heard of Khizr Khan by now.
The father of a slain American Army captain posthumously awarded the purple heart (one of 14 American Muslims who have died serving their country, as ABC15Arizona felt the need to tell us), the elder Khan spoke at Hillary’s coming out party last week.
I didn’t watch any of the Democratic National Convention. I didn’t watch any of the Republican National Convention either. I’m wholly unimpressed with either candidate, so why bother?
But even a wholly unimpressed and rather disinterested citizen like myself had to notice all the recent hoopla about Khizr Khan and Donald Trump.
The mainstream media is trying to drag Trump through the mud as usual, this time over insulting a war hero’s father. But here’s the thing – and I made sure to watch the whole video before I wrote any of this – Khan insulted Trump first.
He got up on stage with his very unsmiling, head-covered wife at the nationally broadcasted DNC and called Trump out directly and repeatedly, demanding to know whether the Republican presidential candidate had “even read the United States Constitution.”
What did he and his fellow Democrats expect to happen?
If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say they meant to cause drama in the hopes of making pro-military Republicans turn their backs on Trump. Instead, they’ve shined a spotlight on topics they’d rather leave alone.
For instance, conservatives went digging into Khizr Khan after his speech, revealing him to be a lawyer who “engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other ‘Related Immigration Services’” as Breitbart put it. “The EB5 program, which helps wealthy foreigners usually from the Middle East essentially buy their way into American, is fraught with corruption.”
And it isn’t just Brietbart that thinks it’s a sketchy service. Since the news of his business affiliations broke, Khan himself has deleted his law firm’s entire website.
What’s also interesting is how that too oft-forgotten United States Constitution went on to become the second-best seller on Amazon thanks to Khan’s speech, another side effect I doubt he and his predicted.
But considering the outcome, my hat’s off to Khizr Khan, the DNC and Donald Trump.
Looks like good really can come out of any situation.