NEW YORK – The war of words between Donald J. Trump and the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier significantly escalated last night after the GOP presidential nominee repeatedly insulted the appearance of Army Captain Humayun Khan’s bereaved mother.
After reiterating his previous attacks on Ghazala Khan and her husband, Khizr, Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity: “Imagine having a mother with a face like that? I mean, at the very least, would it kill her to smile sometimes? A primetime slot like that and she can’t even crack one tiny smile? With such a wretch of a mom, the poor guy’s better off dead!’”
“What a sad, bitter, angry woman!” Trump added; “I tell you, if she wasn’t so old, she’d have blood coming out of her wherever!”
“What have I sacrificed, they ask?” continued the controversial billionaire, “I’ll tell you what I and millions of other Americans sacrificed: seven minutes, seven entire minutes of our lives, exposed to her turkey neck on primetime TV! Frankly, Sean, it’s disgusting. I mean, being from Afghanistan [sic] and all, surely she had a burqa to cover up with?”
Less than an hour later, Trump then retweeted (before eventually deleting) a blatantly racist meme implying that Kahn’s disdain for Trump stems not from the GOP nominee’s anti-Muslim sentiments, but rather the fact that the latter has an ostensibly more attractive wife:
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