Wednesday, February 1, 2017

She's back! Hillary attacks Trump with tweets criticizing his travel ban from Gold Star father Khizr Khan

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jumped back into the political fray with a short tweet referencing the contributions of some of the people who help the U.S. but could be kept out by President Trump's new immigration order. 'What I'm thinking about today' is all the 2016 presidential candidate wrote, on a Twitter page that still features the 'Stronger Together' slogan of her failed campaign.
Clinton linked to two stories meant to show the contributions of immigrants, days after Trump signed an order that would halt immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iraq and Syria for 90 days. The first article was a New Yorker interview with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who Trump famously attacked following Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton campaigned with Khan just two days before her defeat as part of a strategy that elevated women and minorities Trump had gone after, including Khan and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
Clinton's tweet had earned 24,000 'likes' by Tuesday evening. Khan went after Trump in his convention speech, waving a pocket copy of the Constitution as he told the story of his son, Humayan Khan, who died serving in Iraq.
Khan ripped the new order in an interview. 'It’s un-American. It’s against the safety of my country,' he told the magazine. 'I say to President Trump and his security advisers, the drafters of these executive orders, to get out of the White House and go to Arlington Cemetery and stand in front of all the tombstones and learn from observation that Muslims, and people from all other faiths, have given their lives to protect the Constitution and values of pluralism and equal protection.' 'I hope that their sense of patriotism is awakened and they realize that these executive orders banning Muslims and creating walls will not do,' Khan added.
He said of the order: 'It alienates Muslims who are patriotic citizens. The Bush and Obama Administrations learned that alienating a large Muslim population in the United States works against keeping the U.S. secure. It makes people think of harm.' Clinton also linked to a New York Times op-ed by Zachary Iscol, a former Marine infantry officer who is now on the board of the International Refugee Assistance Project. Iscol told the story of two Iraqis he knew who assisted his Marine unit. One, who he called Frank, served as an interpreter and got shot in the leg.
Another, Abood, was forced to flee the country after militants left a dogs head outside his door as a morning. Iscol writes that when testifying before the Senate in 2007 about the need to held Iraqis who assisted troops, he met with Gen. John Kelly, then head of legislatie affairs for the Marines.
Kelly is now the secretary of Homeland Security. He told reporters Tuesday that Trump's order is 'not a Muslim ban.' Iscol wrote of his meeting with Kelly at the time: 'Officially, he needed to ensure that I wasn’t going to embarrass the Marine Corps. But I’ll never forget his words to me: Abood had worn the Marine Corps uniform in combat, and we had an obligation to keep him safe.'
In the hours after Trump signed the order Friday night, it was not clear whether it applied to Iraqis and Afghans who assisted troops and qualified for special visas. Among the first lawsuits filed agains the order was for two Iraqis who had aided the U.S. war effort. Clinton took a cue from President Barack Obama, who weighed in publicly on a political issue for the first time since leaving office when he sent out support for demonstrations that have spread across the country in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration order. 'President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,' according to a statement released by his post-presidential office.
'Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,' Obama said. Clinton has kept a limited profile since her stunning election loss. She has spoken to fundraisers and staff, blasted FBI Director James Comey's role in the elections, and appeared at Trump's inauguration.
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