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Lewandowski: Khans' Son Would Be Alive if Trump Had Been President

 

By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 10:50 AM

 A Gold Star Muslim couple's son, who was killed in military action 12 years ago, would not have lost his life if Donald Trump had been president at the time, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski argued Monday in a heated exchange on CNN.

"Their son is a hero, and every person who's ever died fighting for our country and their families are heroes," Lewandowski said in the segment, aired as a discussion after the couple, Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, wrapped up an interview minutes before. "The difference is we've got 7,000 soldiers who have died, $6 trillion wasted in wars overseas that if Donald Trump was the president, we would never have had. And Captain Khan would be alive today."

CNN hired Lewandowski as a political commentator after he left the Trump campaign.

Trump has come under fire by Democrats and Republicans alike for his criticism of the Khans, who took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last week. Khizr Khan delivered a stinging indictment of Trump's calls against Muslim immigration as his wife silently stood at his side. Trump criticized Ghazala Khan for her silence and questioned if she was allowed to speak.

Their son, Captain Humayun Khan, 27, of Bristow, Va., was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. He was awarded the Purple Heart and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

"Look, he [Trump] said Captain Khan is a hero," Lewandowski argued in defense of Trump's statements. "If Donald Trump was president, Captain Khan would still be alive today because we never would have entered Iraq. No. 2, he said this is something the Khan family decided to engage in by going to the Democratic convention and telling their story. They're welcome to do that. But Mr. Trump has the ability to respond."

But CNN political correspondent Christine Quinn, a former New York State Democratic committee chairwoman, argued with Lewandowski, telling him that "any decent person who saw Mrs. Khan on stage could see the pain and the grief in her face."

Lewandowski responded to her that she had to "relax a little bit."

"I do not have to relax," Quinn told him, touching his arm.

"Excuse me, don't touch me," Lewandowski said, pulling back and igniting a Twitter hashtag filled with people ridiculing his response.

"Oh, calm down," Quinn told him. "She chose to stand there. I'm not going to relax because we have a man running for president in the United States who made a Gold Star mother have to go on TV and cry in front of America. This isn't about politics ... this isn't about presidential campaigns. This is not even about me nicely touching your arm. It is about decency and Gold Star parents."

Lewandowski shot back that he has a brother who is an active duty Marine and that his father fought in Vietnam in and his grandfather in World War II.

"If I choose to tell my story in front of the American people, I've now engaged and have opened myself up so that people will respond to my story, whether it's right or wrong," said Lewandowski.

"They've chosen publicly to tell their story. It's a very sad story, but they're one of 7,000 families affected by this bad decision to go into the war in Iraq and Afghanistan."


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A Gold Star Muslim couple's son, who was killed in military action 12 years ago, would not have lost his life if Donald Trump had been president at the time, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski argued Monday in a heated exchange on CNN. "Their son is a hero, and...
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