There were many low points of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – from his vulgar boasts of grabbing women by the “groin”, to his cruel mocking of a disabled reporter, to to his attacks on Megyn Kelly (and women generally), to his cowardly attempt to tarnish Senator John McCain’s war record, Donald’s campaign was constantly lowering the bar for acceptable behavior from a public figure.
Perhaps the lowest point of all came when, following an impassioned speech by Khizr Kahn, the father of a U.S. Muslim soldier killed in combat, Trump attacked Kahn and his wife, taking not-so-subtle shots at their religion. Now, not yet two months into Trump’s presidency, Khizr Kahn is claiming that his foreign travel is suddenly being restricted – for as yet unexplained reasons.
As reported by Politico, Khan had been scheduled to give a speech in Canada on Tuesday on the topic of “what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington — so that we don’t all end up sacrificing everything.” However, out of nowhere, says Khan, Kahn was told that his travel status was under review and that he would not be able to travel to give his speech.
Reported Politico, “Khan was told late Sunday that his traveling privileges were under review, according to Ramsay Talks, which organized the [speech in Canada].” A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official declined to give any specific update on Khan’s situation, other than to say it is not the practice of the CBP to discuss a traveler’s plans in advance.
Said Khan, “This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why.”
Clearly, much more information is needed on why Kahn’s travel plans have been disrupted. If it turns out that Kahn is being singled out for retaliation by the Trump administration, the low bar set by Donald Trump during the campaign has just cratered to a truly unreal level.