Monday, August 01, 2016

President Obama: "no one ― no one ― has given more for our freedom and security than our Gold Star families."

Courtesy of HuffPo:

Without saying the business mogul’s name, President Barack Obama took a jab at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday, saying he’s tired of people “trash talking America’s military and troops.” 

“Let’s get some facts straight. America’s Army is the best-trained, best-equipped land force on the planet,” Obama said while speaking at the Disabled Veterans Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The president emphasized that “no one ― no one ― has given more for our freedom and security than our Gold Star families,” referring to those whose loved ones have died fighting in the United States military. That includes Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

I have to admit that I had a moment of discomfort when the President made a few positive comments about the Iraq War, but then I realized that as the Commander-in-Chief he was showing support for the troops that fought in that war, not the idiots who decided to send them there in the first place.

Speaking of Gold Star families, twenty three of them got together to send Donald Trump a message about his treatment of one of their own:

We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war. Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know. 

Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant, and personally offensive to us. When you question a mother's pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us. When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice. 

You are not just attacking us, you are cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost. 

You are minimizing the risk our service members make for all of us. 

 This goes beyond politics. It is about a sense of decency. That kind decency you mock as "political correctness." 

We feel we must speak out and demand you apologize to the Khans, to all Gold Star families, and to all Americans for your offensive, and frankly anti-American, comments.

That's going to leave a mark.

Trump's remarks even brought John McCain out of the woodwork to condemn him:

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” said McCain, who was taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. “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.” 

McCain, who has tangled with Trump before, most notably after Trump said last year that McCain was not a war hero because he had been “captured,” added: “While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” 

Some are suggesting that Trump may finally have gone too far, and that this is the beginning of the end for him. While some of his supporters have responded by attempting to turn the narrative around and attack the Khan family.

All I can say is that this is the first presidential race that I have covered where I constantly feel like I need to shower.


  1. SallyinMI2:04 PM

    Sorry, John, but just like evil-tongued Sarah in 2008, remarks made by a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate DO represent the GOP. He's gotten SUPPORT for his callousness, from the GOP. So did Sarah, when she encouraged her rallies to shout "Kill Him!" about candidate Obama. It's a little late to pretend that the GOP has one shred of dignity about anything, or cares one iota about anyone not white, male and rich enough to stay out of the service.

  2. Anonymous2:10 PM

    Until McCain withdraws his endorsement, it is McCain who has no honor, either. He is complicit.

  3. Lindsay2:18 PM

    Well apparently now Donald's people have sent an e-mail to all of the Republican Senators and Congressmen asking them to make supportive statements about this. The e-mail included talking points. Wow

  4. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Right-Wing Smears Of Khan Family Pick Up Steam

  5. Anonymous2:27 PM

    New Poll Shows HISTORIC Post-Convention FLOP For Trump And The GOP

    “The 2016 Republican convention is the first after which a greater percentage of Americans have said they are ‘less likely’ rather than ‘more likely’ to vote for the party’s presidential nominee.”

    1. Anonymous3:39 PM

      newscorpse is a satire site.

    2. Anonymous6:32 PM

      That shows the level of intelligence of Gryphon's followers.

    3. Anonymous6:37 PM

      "All I can say is that this is the first presidential race that I have covered where I constantly feel like I need to shower". So now you're a journalist too, too us what your education and credentials are. Cut and paste blogger doesn't count.

    4. Anonymous7:24 PM


      News Corpse crafts their headlines and covers stories with a tongue in cheek sense of humor but is not a "satire" site as they truthfully report actual news and link to actual parent articles.

    5. Anonymous7:29 PM


      Someone has a hard-on for Gryphen today, huh?

      I'm not sure what you expect from his blog, but it seems to me that this is just a hobby for him and not his job and he isn't financially compensated for posting so not sure what you think you should be getting.

  6. Randall2:30 PM

    No - this is not and example of Donald Trump and his supporters "going too far". They're not "going" any "farther" than right where they live which are in nasty, mean little lives where no one else counts or even matters.

  7. Anonymous2:44 PM

    Fareed Zakaria at CNN called Trump a "bullshit artist" on the air. It was great!

  8. Anonymous2:49 PM

    'We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war. Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.'

    Are they sending messages to Sarah Palin or is she one of them? I recall she had a flag and was close to them a few years back. She may have done a great deal of charity work for them?

    ot Roger Ailes is gone, we can only hope the 20 years of dark is not lingering in the atmosphere. Steve Doocy and others have yet to be taken out. They did business as gross as Ailes.

    A vulnerable widow could be in a bad way if that is the only job she can get. Taya Kyle is said to be smart with soundbites. Does she know what she is stepping in?

    The Latest Person to Ink a Contributing Deal at Fox News is Chris Kyle’s Widow

    1. Sarah Palin gets her picture taken. She doesn't do charity work.

    2. Anonymous3:46 PM

      very few people even remember who she is anymore.

    3. Leland4:27 PM

      Meghan, SP doesn't WORK. Period.

  9. Anonymous2:54 PM

    I think I may have missed Sarah's Facebook post in support of the Khan family. Isn't she the unofficial cheerleader ( at least in her mind) of the vets?

  10. Anonymous2:59 PM

    In a civilized and moral society, this should have put a nail in the coffin of Trump’s campaign; instead they are continuing to attack the Khan’s and it is getting nastier.

    How many of these Republicans are criticizing Trump, yet still voting for him? I don’t hear them taking back their endorsements. I am surprised they haven’t try the “he was just joking” excuse.

    I guess Traitor Trump was right, he could murder someone and they would still vote for him.

    As if he hasn’t already done enough damage to this country, he has begun sowing the seeds of doubt as to the legitimacy of the election:

    Donald Trump Claims The General Election 'Is Gonna Be Rigged'

    1. I think this was the final straw for most people. Only the die hard idiots are still on the Trump train. He only has about 20% of the electorate behind him (According to Nate Silver). The Republican cowards cannot and will not publicly denounce him. The Hillary camp will revive this story when needed

  11. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Donny Creamsicle (orange on outside and white on inside) is having a bad week.

  12. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Will someone point out to Trump and his supporters that Khan "attacked" Trump only because Trump attacked all Muslims FIRST, by threatening to BAN them? Trump started the whole thing!

    1. Leland4:36 PM

      3:32, it probably wouldn't do any good. That insufferable bastard has already convinced himself it was HE who was attacked FIRST. Facts don't matter to that POS.

  13. Anonymous3:38 PM

    Trump hates Gold Star families because he has no use or respect for soldiers who died. He only cares for the ones who came back alive and will vote for him. He calls the Winners.

  14. Anonymous4:03 PM

    Sweet Jeebuz a grieving parent is not fair game, I don't care if they went on national TV or not. I didn't notice Hillary going hard and hell bent on the Benghazi mother from the RNC.

    Until the Republican leadership rescinds their endorsement of Trump. They are complicit in his bullshit.

    Earlier today one of surrogates had the sheer gall to suggest Mr. Khan is a member of the Muslim Brother and his son was a double agent working for Al-qaeda, based on the blog of couple of rwnjs

    Been to Red State lately? You should go...They've suspended Rule 6--Thou shall support only republicans on Red State...Yep right now it's okay to support Hillary and a number of them are going to do so..Hard to freaking believe but it's there.

    I don't know what the hell Trump's people are thinking. They've managed to take campaigning for the highest office in the land and turn it into a freak show the likes of which the hucksters of days passed would have sold their manly bits for.

  15. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Trump is so proud he beat 16 Republican Shemps in the Primary who had no business running in the first place.

  16. Leland4:31 PM

    I'm wondering if perhaps he hasn't finally found the thing that will keep him from having to take the job he is supposedly running for.

  17. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Monday, August 01, 2016
    President Obama: "no one ― no one ― has given more for our freedom and security than our Gold Star families."


    How come Sarah Palin hasn't come out against Trump about his comments when he was told that these families sacrificed a lot when their children paid the ultimate price. Trump responded by saying he sacrificed too. He donated money.

  18. Anita Winecooler5:06 PM

    I'm sick of Trump's incessant attack on this couple of wonderful Americans. The man has no boundaries, "I was attacked viciously and had to hit back hard"

    Screw you, Donald, you're still walking the earth spewing hate, no one attacked you, you sissy.

  19. Anonymous6:55 PM

    Chump, the cluefree Klown.

  20. Anonymous7:26 PM

    Next thing, he will shoot someone and be praised by his peons for doing it.


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