As Khazr Khan held aloft his pocket-sized copy of the Constitution at the DNC last week, he accused Donald Trump of never reading the document’s contents.
That resulted, unsurprisingly, in Trump taking the bait and attacking the family of a fallen U.S. soldier who happened to be a Muslim. Follow-up attempts to dampen the storm failed miserably, and numerous conservative pundits piled on, accusing Khan of having some sort of hidden Islamist agenda, etc. Even one of Trump’s longtime advisers claimed Khan was affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Trump finally released his own statement to address the controversy. But crouching in the text was at best a hidden irony, and at worst a glaring example of his ignorance (emphasis is mine):
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”
The “right to stand in front of millions of people and claim” something is one of the first things outlined in the Bill of Rights.
Trump, stop making it so easy.