- “What Trump says is rhetorically belligerent. But what Clinton and the Democrats actually did, it killed people. Why was the Khans’ son in Iraq?” --Cindy Sheehan
- Will the Democrats fail the Khan family the way they failed Cindy Sheehan?
Brendan James, Slate
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Cindy Sheehan, whose son Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, on Aug. 26, 2005 near President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Aug. 2 2016 | One after another, reporters and pundits, hacks and flacks all began circulating George W. Bush’s response from more than a decade ago to the protest of a dead soldier’s parent. It was a lesson in manners for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had just attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, themselves the parents of a dead soldier, for having denounced the candidate as an unpatriotic bigot at the Democratic National Convention. “Compare Trump to Bush addressing Cindy Sheehan,” tweeted a Daily Beast editor, echoing dozens of others.
Cindy Sheehan’s son was killed in the same war that later took the life of the Khans’ son, and like them, Sheehan in 2005 was both a living rebuke to the Republican Party’s vision and an asset to the Democrats in their mission to take back the House. A California soccer mom turned anti-war activist, Sheehan had set up camp outside of Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, where she’d planned to stay until Bush had granted her a meeting.
Brendan James is a freelance writer living in New York. He's written for the Guardian, Newsweek, Vice, and Salon. He also produces the podcast Chapo Trap House.
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