I read these powerful words today from Jon Austin, a man I don’t know but he has single-handedly captured my utter disgust with Donald Trump over his recent battle with Khizr Khan about his wife’s reason she didn’t speak at the Democratic National Convention that I felt compelled to share them. He stated what every American should be feeling, and I think that Mr. Austin’s words should be shared and shared again.
“I spent 20 minutes today on the Massachusetts Turnpike with tears streaming down my face.
I was so outraged listening to Donald Trump’s response to Khizr Khan’s speech on Thursday that it brought me to tears. Now that I’m not driving I can use my words:
How dare you, Donald Trump? HOW FUCKING DARE YOU?
How dare you demean and disrespect those AMERICAN parents who understand far better than you the citizenship that is your birthright and that you do not deserve?
How dare you use a mother’s raw pain as another dog whistle insinuation to impugn a religion you neither understand or respect?
How dare you dismiss the sacrifice their son made on behalf of his country and his men? Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died trying to save lives. That moment of bravery counts for more than every second of your 70 years of greed, narcissism and classlessness.
How dare you equate your “sacrifice” with a second of the Khans’ grief and mourning? The dust on their soles has more claim on our sympathy than you do.
How dare you equate your “sacrifice” to that of any other veteran’s family? For two years, I watched my mother cry every day when the mail came: she cried when a letter from my Marine Corps brother in Vietnam arrived and and she cried when one didn’t. My mother and tens of millions like her – parents whose sons and daughters go to war, wear the uniform of our firefighters and police – know the meaning of “sacrifice.” You know nothing.
Sixty-two years ago, Joseph Welch kicked another petty bully to the curb with words that perfectly express the contempt I feel for you. With apologies to his memory, I paraphrase:
Until this moment, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to people such as the Khans. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.
Let us not assassinate this family further, Mr. Trump. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
And to those of you out there who still support this poor excuse of a MAN, please tell me why. Please explain how you can look the other way in the face of such grotesqueness. Are there no standards of decency or humanity left to transgress? How will you explain your support for this monster to your children? How can I explain it to my children? Paul Ryan, can you answer those questions? Mitch McConnell? Reince Preibus?
The simple truth is that you cannot. If you cannot admit this now, then you are damned along with him.”