The feud between Khizr Khan and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may be the strangest tale in an election season with no shortage of weirdness. Evocative of Joe the Plumber, himself a foreshadowing of the illiberal populism the Trump brand exploits, Khan represents the concerns of another demographic: American Muslims, and indeed all minorities under the cross-hairs of a Trump presidency.
After a foreign policy speech in which Trump called for “extreme, extreme vetting” of immigrants, and measures to “screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles”, Khan blasted Trump in an email to The Huffington Post.
“This is my country too,” he said. “We must make it safe ― as Muslim Americans it is our obligation to keep our country safe. We reject all violence. We support better immigration policies. We stand as a testament to assimilation and being part of patriotic America as anyone else.”
Khan then challenged Trump to take the naturalization test already in place for hopeful migrants to the United States.
“I challenge Trump to take the naturalization test with me any day. His is demagoguery and pandering for vote. A divider like Trump can never be the steward of this country.”
Given Trump’s… differentish knowledge of American civics and culture, do you think he could pass that test? Here’s a sample of the questions:
What is the supreme law of the land?
What does the Constitution do?
The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
What is an amendment?
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
How many amendments does the Constitution have?
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