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Donald Trump Honors Gold Star Families, Even Though He Mocked The Khans

An apology to the Gold Star family he insulted might have made this more sincere.

Hey, Donald Trump: Extending your “thoughts and prayers” to the families of fallen soldiers on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day doesn’t make up for the way you treated the Khans. 

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Republican presidential nominee recognized and thanked the mothers of soldiers killed in battle. The message, however, is just a reminder of his attempts to discredit the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, after they denounced Trump at the Democratic National Convention in July. 

In one of the most moving moments from the DNC, the slain soldier’s parents, Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, took the stage. Khizr Khan harangued Trump for his Islamophobic policy proposals and suggestions that Muslim Americans are sympathetic to terrorists. 

Afterward, in a move that rattled Democrats and Republicans alike, Trump responded to the speech by implying that the family’s Muslim faith didn’t permit Ghazala Khan to speak.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview with ABC. 

Khan told MSNBC she had not spoken at the convention because she was so grief-stricken over her son’s death that she couldn’t even bear to look at photos of him, let alone talk about his death in front of thousands. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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