Donald Trump is not someone to back down from a fight, even if he’s morally or factually wrong. The latest example is his relentless attacks against the Khans, a Gold Star family whose son died trying to save his military unit in Iraq. Khizr Khan made headlines when he delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention that questioned Trump’s knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. In response, 30 families of fallen U.S. military personnel, several of whom are Latino, sent Trump a letter demanding that he apologize to Gold Star families nationwide.
Khizr Khan’s savage takedown of Donald Trump at the DNC left a lot of Americans feeling like…
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“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America,” Khan told the DNC crowd. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Naturally, Donald Trump responded by attacking this father of a fallen soldier.
“He is supposed to be up there to unite with me as a grieving father,” Carlos Arredondo, who signed the letter with his wife, told NBC Latino. “To have someone like that in charge, I don’t want someone to die in war because of his comments.”
“When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice,” the letter continues.
“We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war,” the families wrote in the letter. “Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.”
“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,” the letter ends.
“We are a community. We’ve been together a long time, so we are very concerned with these comments that they’ve made,” Arredondo told NBC Latino. “I don’t want this to get out of hand with dividing people. That’s the way politics happens.”
If you have yet to find yourself impressed by the words and thoughts of Donald Trump Jr. thus far, I implore you to not hold your breath for a change any time soon. The president’s eldest child is an American businessman and former reality television personality whose role as a key member of his father’s business pursuits have shifted endlessly from that have shifted throughout his father’s term in the White House. But was remained the same? Trump Jr.’s role as a bad take machine. Throughout his father’s presidential campaign and role as president, the American people have been subjected to Trump Jr.’s more ridiculous moments. The first son delivers a crunch of bizarre tweets and memes to Twitter on the regular that are often laced with falsehoods.
Trump’s recent comments during his interview on The View this week are no different.
Appearing on ABC’s “The View,” to promote his new book, Trump Jr. derailed the show’s conversations and sparked heated discussion amongst the co-hosts.
He also defended his decision to out the whistleblower who sparked his father’s House impeachment probe and Twitter and insisted to the co-host that his father has “got a pair.”
When confronted about his decision to leak the whistleblower’s name and put them in danger, Trump Jr. defended his decision say “I think the reality of the answer is the whistle-blower’s name was on a little website called the Drudge Report a couple of days ago. I literally quote tweeted an article that had the guy’s name in the title of the article,” Trump Jr. told the co-hosts during his interview. After being further pressed about whether his decision was justifiable, Trump insisted that he was being held to a double standard. “I wish the outrage would be equal. I mean, there was no outrage when, you know, my family got an exploding letter of, you know, with white powder substance in it,” he told the panelists.
On Wednesday of this week, the president’s son shared a post to Twitter that contained the alleged name of the anonymous government whistleblower who sparked an investigation into whether Trump and his administration had been involved in a quid pro quo deal with Ukrainian officials that involved an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.
During one particularly tense exchange during his appearance, co-host Whoopi Goldberg questioned whether or not Trump actually has a pair, to which Trump Jr. insisted that he did.
The conversation occurred when Meghan McCain questioned Trump Jr. about his father’s character.
“A lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family who was a Gold Star family who I think should be respected because of the loss of their son. Does all this make you feel good?” asked McCain.
McCain’s question referenced the criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim-Americans whose son was killed in Iraq, that had been unleashed onto the family by Trump after they appeared at the Democratic National Convention.
In response, Trump Jr. said “We have all done things that we regret. I don’t think any of that makes me feel good, but I think we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America. My father has been working tirelessly to bring back the American dream. He has brought jobs back.”
It was then that Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.’s girlfriend replied “Ninety-three percent negative coverage in the mainstream media about President Trump… They don’t want to talk about the successes!”
Whoopi Goldberg shot back saying “Suck it up!”
It was then that Trump JR. claimed that no president had ever received as much negative media coverage as his father. (This claim is, of course, debatable considering how many times Obama and his family’s life was threatened by racist threats and attack attempts.)
Eventually, Goldberg cut into Trump’s words saying “Part of being president is having a pair that can take whatever heat comes toward you. To which, Trump Jr. grinned and awkwardly insisted “My father’s got a pair!”
What a takeaway to mull over…
Soon after the episode of the show was aired, Trump Jr. posted an antagonistic tweet.
“I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an interview this much in my life. Guess you could say that I just #Triggered The View!!!” he wrote
President Trump may have carved time out to watch the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals World Series game at Nationals Park, but he left early after a stadium of fans booed him. A banner that read “Impeach Trump” unfolded before his very eyes, and two sets of veterans held up two “Veterans for Impeachment” signs behind home plate.
Trump and Melania were joined in their Washington Suite by daughter Ivanka Trump, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and others. Critics are also wondering why Trump didn’t elect to take his 12-year-old son to the World Series event.
When the boos first started, Trump reacts briefly by turning to his wife, Melania.
Trump had inconspicuously arrived just after the first inning. The Game 5 World Series event was an apolitical American pastime medium of entertainment until the third inning, during the salute to veterans. The ballpark began streaming a segment for veterans on the big screen. Fans cheered in honor of veterans.
Then, the video panned over to Trump. The cheers dwindled and the boos and heckling could not be missed. Trump’s face falls for a moment as he turns over to Melania, who seems more advanced in maintaining a poker face.
For several minutes, Trump and his entourage white-knuckled their smiles while the crowd chanted, “Lock Him Up!”
Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry for allegedly trading U.S. resources for Ukraine’s assistance in helping him win his 2020 campaign. Though Trump had announced hours earlier a victory against ISIS, this sold-out stadium of Americans was more concerned with his illegal attempt to use our tax dollars for his personal gain.
In fact, the Washington Post reports that Trump has “virtually never been seen in Washington outside the White House, his own hotel, and a handful of other highly controlled settings.” While Trump has happily allowed his supporters to chant, “Lock Her Up!,” in reference to Hillary Clinton, this may be the first time Trump has been in a crowd full of dissenters. It was a big crowd. Huge.
Home plate seats that typically go for $10k were occupied by “Veterans for Impeachment” sign holders.
That means their message was aired on national television to 10.22 million viewers on television alone. The men holding the signs, Alan Pitts and Naveed Shah, are Iraq vets who volunteer with Common Defense, an entire organization of veterans against Trump. “It’s beyond time for Congress to do their job and uphold the oath they swore and Impeach this President,” Pitts later tweeted. “I’m proud of myself and @ArmyofNaveed for keeping our oath and ruining @realDonaldTrump trip to the game!! #VetsForImpeachment.”
Trump must have expected some negative reaction because he planned to skip the presidential tradition of throwing the first pitch.
Trump won just 4 percent of the popular vote in the District of Colombia, so it’s no surprise that the stadium would be packed with critics of Trump. That said, it was Trump’s idea to attend the game. While MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he and Trump discussed if he would like to throw the first pitch, as is the tradition for Presidents, Nationals owner Mark Lerner made it clear that he did not invite Trump to be honored with that ceremony.
Instead, the MLB chose José Andrés, a Spanish immigrant, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his work to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
José Andrés is a world-famous chef and humanitarian, best known for creating a network that fed 2.2 million warm meals to Puerto Ricans in just forty days. Andrés has been an open critic of Trump, pulling out from a restaurant deal with the Trump International Hotel after Trump’s campaign announced its anti-immigration policy rooted in racist rhetoric. They were in a legal battle over the contract until 2017.
The MLB knew that Game 5 would be the only game Trump would attend. Andrés received a longer-than-usual, cheerful standing ovation.
Meanwhile, the entire Lerner family, owners of the Washington Nationals, actively tried to avoid interacting with Trump.
The Lerner family, who owns the Washington Nationals, requested Major League Baseball to protect the family from having to deny a request to sit with Trump, according to WUSA9. Instead, Trump sat in the Washington suite in Section 119.
Washington has spoken and spoken loudly.
Veterans organized their dissent. Fans hung an “Impeach Trump” sign along the rafters. A wealthy family refused to find common ground with Trump. The MLB strategically placed José Andrés and his message in front of a crowd who gave him a sustained standing ovation. Then, that same crowd spontaneously booed Trump, who left after the 10th inning.
Still, FOX News’ report of the same negative press for Trump was limited to, “They were greeted with mixed reaction.”