A Donald Trump spokesperson got an earful from Twitter users after she falsely and irresponsibly blamed President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the death of Army Capt. Humayun Khan in 2004.
Thing is, George W. Bush was president when the young man died. President Obama was an Illinois state senator at the time.
“It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagement that probably cost his life,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said in an interview Tuesday with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
The Khans, a Muslim-American Gold Star family, have been central in conversations around Trump’s lack of empathy, understanding of the American Constitution, and immigration policy, after the young man’s parents – Ghazala and Khizr – denounced the GOP candidate on the Democratic National Convention stage.
Trump’s support team is struggling to deflect the attention the Khans’ truth and Trump’s offensive response have created.
“I saw him. He was very emotional, and probably looked like a nice guy to me,” Trump said about Khizr Khan. “His wife, if you look at his wife she was standing there, she had nothing to say. Probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me, but plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet and it looked like she had nothing to say, a lot of people have said that, and personally I watched him, I wish him the best of luck.”
Trump’s response may have caused him dearly – bipartisan criticism has been swift, Politico reports:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) said he would vote for Clinton over Trump following his comments about the Gold Star family.
As for Pierson, who also incorrectly stated that Trump never voted for the Iraq War, Twitter (including celebrities) have a word or two for her.
SOURCE: Politico, Twitter | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty