People who watched the Democratic National Convention were no doubt moved after the speech by the Khan family, who lost a son fighting in Afghanistan. They are Muslims. I suppose one of the reasons that they were asked to appear was to bridge the gap between Muslim Americans and others, demonstrating that we are all patriotic Americans.
Donald Trump, of course, has been in the forefront of anti-Muslim rhetoric and this story of unity does not sit well with his own theme of fear peddling against Muslims, so characteristically he said something bigoted, suggesting that Mrs. Khan didn’t speak because as a Muslim she wasn’t allowed to. It’s not true, of course, evidenced by the fact that Mrs. Khan spoke in other venues about her son. Trump could have found that out before making his cruel remark, but that’s not his style.
That would have been the end of the story, and none of this would have appeared on this blog, except that the story didn’t end at that, but turned birther. The progressive web site Think Progress reports that Trump veteran affairs adviser Al Baldasaro tweeted:
Read the truth about your hero, Mr Khan who used his son as Political Pawn.
And that tweet linked to a web site, but more about that later. First, who is Al Baldasaro?
Al Baldasaro has comfortably sat on my Birthers from A to Z list since the election challenges in 2012 when New Hampshire representative Baldasaro took part in a ballot challenge, supporting no less than Orly Taitz in her claim that Obama was not eligible to be president.
Now for that link Baldasaro tweeted. It goes to a page at shoebat.com with a headline that claims Mr. Khan is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. The only evidence that is presented to support that claim is that Mr. Khan once lived in the United Arab Emirates. By that logic, I guess Donald Trump is also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood by virtue of his UAE business partners.
The site also claims that attorney Khan is trying to promote Sharia law in the United States because he has written scholarly articles about it. I suppose that every Christian who writes about Mosaic law is trying to bring back stoning for adultery, according to that logic.
The shoebat.com article was written in part by Walid Shoebat. Shoebat claims to be a former Islamic terrorist, converted to Christianity, who is an expert on terrorism. A CNN investigation found problems in the frequent right-wing commentator’s claim that he had ever been a terrorist. In any case, he is a birther as I documented in my article from 2011.
So it’s the three birthers, doing what birthers do: slandering the innocent.