Carl Paladino is a proud co-chair of the Donald Trump campaign in New York and he’s frustrated at the bum rap his candidate is getting over the Khan family scandal.
Trump notoriously attacked the father of Cpt. Humayun S. M. Khan after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July. He then subsequently attacked Cpt. Khan’s mother because she did not speak out. The fallout has been disastrous for the Trump campaign as they attack the family of a dead soldier and struggling to not look anti-soldier and bringing attention to draft dodging.
Trump surrogates and spokespeople have tried to move forward, but moments like Paladino’s keep popping up. Paladino has little sympathy for the Khan family, claiming Mr. Khan doesn’t deserve the title of a Gold Star parent. He explained that Khan is “anti-American” and alleged he is supportive of “the ISIS-type of attitude against America.”
“We’ve got an un-indicted felon as his opponent and you’re talking about Khan, about him making a remark about this man,” Paladino told Imus in the Morning. “All right, I don’t care if he’s a Gold Star parent. He certainly doesn’t deserve that title, OK, if he’s as anti-American as he’s illustrated in his speeches and in his discussion. I mean, if he’s a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or supporting, you know, the ISIS-type of attitude against America, there’s no reason for Donald Trump to have to honor this man.”
He continued the conversation by pushing internet conspiracy rumors about Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton’s health that have been debunked and that President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim, which has also been debunked.
It’s unclear if this is what Paul Manafort means when he talks about the Trump “respect” for the Khans.