While Trump zombies actually enjoy defending the indefensible, GOP leaders who have to wake in the daytime instead of retiring to their crypts are finding it difficult to do so after pledging loyalty to Trump, their vampire master.
Such as it is with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Even Rich Galen, Newt Gingrich’s former press secretary (along with other Republicans who still have souls) thought Khizr Khan’s speech was one “America has needed to hear.”
Erick Erickson picked up this vibe early, calling Khan the “most powerful moment of either convention.” But now, with Trump and his legion of bash-Muslims-because-the-left-defends-them undead doubling down on Gold Star parents who have actually suffered a horrible loss, Ryan and McConnell are having second thoughts.
“America’s greatness is built on the principle of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it,” Ryan said in a statement on Sunday. “As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it.”
“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ryan said. “Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period.”
“Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans, I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror,” McConnell said in a statement Sunday. “All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services.”
Curiously missing from either man’s statement was mention of the newly-minted leader and standard-bearer of the GOP: Count Donald. It’s as if this entire event just magically appeared out of fairy dust, and Khan’s appearance wasn’t bait to (correctly and deservedly) mock a man whose disdain for others’ suffering is exceeded only by his worship of his own accomplishments.
Sorry, guys, the sales policy was clearly posted on the walls, at the register, and on your receipt when you bought Trump: No Returns. All sales are final. You own him.