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August 1, 2016

Trump vs the Khans in 3 Pairs of Pictures

Khizr Khan addresses delegates on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

From MySanAntonio: The fashion designer told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she doesn’t always agree with her husband’s controversial behavior and positions: “I don't agree with everything that he says, but you know, that is normal. I'm my own person, I tell him what I think, I'm standing very strong on the ground on my two feet and I'm my own person, and I think that's very important in the relationship." Photo: Joshua Lott, Getty Images

If you’re following the presidential campaign at all, you know Donald Trump has got himself into an insane fight with Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala, the parent of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq. If Trump’s words are beyond offensive, the corollary pictures it conjures are just as outrageous and hypocritical.

If he lashed out at Ghazala for standing silently by her husband while he addressed the Democratic Convention, it’s hard to see the difference between the image above and the one just below it. (Unless one is reiterating Mrs. Khan’s substance, her role in drafting the speech and the fact her grief prevented her from addressing the convention in the presence of her son’s image.)

Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala with an image of their son behind them while addressing the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Trumps w son Jean Baptiste Lacroix, Getty Images

More cynically, it makes us wonder how much Trump even distinguishes between one public presentation of family, and another. He clearly believes that the images of the Khan family with their son were self-serving.

Humayun Khan (left); The tombstone on the grave of Humayun Khanabu (right) via khaleejtimes.com

With the exception of the images from the convention, the firestorm over Trump’s attack has largely played out in words.  That includes the contrast being drawn between Trump’s dodging of the draft during the Vietnam War and Humayun Khan’s ultimate sacrifice. This pair of images notably reflects Khizr Khan asking if Trump had ever even visited Arlington Cemetery.

Donald Trump (inset) as a student at the New York Military Academy. Source unknown.

Just as notable is the pairing of Donald Trump in a high school uniform, the sign indicating the closest he ever came to boots on the ground.

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP Caption: Khizr Khan addresses delegates on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. photo 2: Joshua Lott/Getty Images. photo 3: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images. photo 4: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images. photo 5: via khaleejtimes.comcaption: Humayun Khan (left) The tombstone on the grave of Humayun Khanabu. photo 6: Source unknown, via FreeRepublic. caption: Donald Trump (inset) as a student at the New York Military Academy.

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