What a contrast there’s been between two similar speeches, one at the Republican National Convention, and the other at the Democrat National Convention.
Pat Smith, who lost son Sean Smith during the Benghazi attacks, spoke at the RNC. Khizr Khan lost his son in the Iraq War (a war supported by Hillary Clinton, by the way), and spoke at the DNC. The MSNBC writer Steve Benen covered both speeches, albeit very differently. He headlined his piece on the former, “RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain,” while the latter was headlined “Khizr Khan’s words won’t soon be forgotten.”
He was hardly the only one biased. If you include media coverage, including Trump’s response to Khan’s speech, the big three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) devoted fifty-five times more attention to Khan’s speech than Smith’s.
Of course, in putting the spotlight on Khan, the media also encouraged critics to do some digging into him. Breitbart’s Matt Boyle reported:
Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father that Democrats and their allies media wide have been using to hammer GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, has deleted his law firm’s website from the Internet. This development is significant, as his website proved—as Breitbart News and others have reported—that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.A snapshot of his now deleted website, as captured by the Wayback Machine which takes snapshots archiving various websites on the Internet, shows that as a lawyer he engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other “Related Immigration Services.” The website is completely removed from the Internet, and instead directs visitors to the URL at which it once was to a page parking the URL run by GoDaddy.
The EB5 program, which helps wealthy foreigners usually from the Middle East essentially buy their way into America, is fraught with corruption. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has detailed such corruption over the past several months, and in February issued a blistering statement about it.
“Maybe it is only here on Capitol Hill—on this island surrounded by reality—that we can choose to plug our ears and refuse to listen to commonly accepted facts,” Grassley said in a statement earlier this year. “The Government Accountability Office, the media, industry experts, members of congress, and federal agency officials, have concurred that the program is a serious problem with serious vulnerabilities. Allow me to mention a few of the flaws.”
Grassley’s statement even noted that the program Khan celebrated on his website has posed national security risks.
And here’s the real kicker; Khan has connections to the scandal-ridden Clinton Foundation…. and some other questionable fellows:
What’s perhaps interesting is that also on this website that he has now deleted, Khan revealed that he spent nearly a decade working for the mega-D.C. law firm Hogan & Hartson—now Hogan Lovells LLP—which connects him directly with the government of Saudi Arabia and the Clintons themselves. Saudi Arabia, which has retained the firm that Khan worked at for years, has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton, despite the repeated urging of Trump, has refused to return the Clinton Cash money to the Saudis. What’s more, Hogan Lovells also did Hillary Clinton’s taxes—and helped acquire the patents for parts of the technology she used in crafting her illicit home-brew email server that the FBI director called “extremely careless” in handling classified information.
Well, now we know why he blasted Trump’s Muslim ban in his speech; it’s in his financial interest to oppose it.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]