Monday, August 08, 2016

TRUMP NOT FILES - Criticism of Americans

"Will Trump's criticism of regular Americans hurt him with voters?" PBS NewsHour 8/1/2016


SUMMARY:  How will Donald Trump's recent criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan's speech and his comments on Russia and Ukraine affect his campaign?  And as both candidates go after Rust Belt voters, whose strategy will prevail?  Gwen Ifill talks with Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  For more on the fight between Donald Trump and the Khan family, his recent comments on Russia's intervention in Ukraine, and Hillary Clinton's weekend outreach to Rust Belt voters, it's time for Politics Monday with Tamara Keith of NPR and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

You just heard Ghazala Khan say to Judy in response to the questions about Donald Trump's feud, whatever it is, that, “I can take it.”

We have heard in the last few moments Warren Buffett on behalf of Hillary Clinton say, have you no decency, sir?  You have made no sacrifice.

We heard John McCain also scold, but not withdraw his endorsement today of Donald Trump.

I wonder, starting with you, Amy, whether it's ever a good thing to have to defend yourself by tweet?

AMY WALTER, The Cook Political Report:  No, but at the same time, nothing about this campaign has seemed normal.  Right?

The traditional candidate response to a speech like Mr. Khan gave would be to say, my condolences for your loss.  Here is my differences of opinion on the policy of it, right?  I differed with Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration on the war on terror.  I differed with President Bush on going to Iraq in the very first place, even though he did say he supported it early on, when he invaded Iraq.

But that is the answer that a traditional politician would give.  And, Gwen, I just feel I should just come out here with a tape recorder and just every week say, nothing that he does is like a traditional politician would ever do.

What we are seeing is, his supporters, I think, will continue to rally around him, but every day that this campaign is about Donald Trump and his messaging, which is not — which is about him and not about the bigger, broader issues, I don't think that's a good day for Donald Trump.

GWEN IFILL:  Let's flip the script a little bit.

Hillary Clinton, it seems to me, was asked about Pat Smith, the Benghazi mom, who spoke at the Republican Convention, and what was her reaction?

TAMARA KEITH, NPR:  Her reaction was more the typical politician answer.  It was, thank you for your family's service.  I can't begin to understand your loss, that kind of thing.

And then she did get to the question of whether she remembered it the same way.  But she remained respectful throughout, and you wouldn't call it a feud.

That's the difference is, in the way Hillary Clinton answered, it ended there.  And look at George W.  Bush.  Cindy Sheehan was parked outside his ranch for a very long time protesting him, and George W.  Bush…

GWEN IFILL:  In 2008.

TAMARA KEITH:  Was it — it was earlier.  I think it was even maybe 2004.


AMY WALTER:  Right.  Right.

TAMARA KEITH:  And George W. Bush said, that is her right, that is her right to protest, that is her right to say anything she wants about me, because this is America, actually.

"Khizr Khan: As candidate for the highest office, Trump needs tolerance for criticism" PBS NewsHour 8/1/2016


SUMMARY:  Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Muslim-American couple whose 27-year-old son died as a soldier during the Iraq War, stood before the Democratic National Convention last week to share their loss and criticize Donald Trump.  Lisa Desjardins recaps the political feud that ensued, then the Khans sit down with Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump's comments about Muslims, terrorism and immigration.

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