The father of a soldier killed by an IED 12 years ago is making the rounds in what is now frenzied reporting of Donald Trump's initially unsympathetic response to Khizr Khan's DNC broadside against the candidate.
Mr. Trump's plain speaking style has worked many times but this was such an unforced error. The lefty press was going to give Mr. Khan several days no matter what. A simple statement about appreciation of the Khan family's service and sacrifice would suffice, and don't do an apples and oranges segue to issues like terrorism and immigration.
Episodes like this are the reason Mr. Trump is not up by ten points against a Democratic nominee wracked by scandal and dislike on the left.
Challenging political correctness is not always synonymous with being rude and insensitive.
The use of the Khans in this way at the DNC was a brilliant stroke as their Muslim heritage would give the news hook and the ferocity of the remarks were sure to get under the skin of Mr. Trump.
Republicans tried a similar gambit in their convention with a weeping mother of a Benghazi victim, but it didn't get this kind of traction, in part because Mrs. Clinton was able to brush it off because she does so few media appearances.
Khizr Khan, Father of Fallen U.S. Soldier: Trump Lacks 'Moral Compass' - NBC News