Republicans are scrambling once again to contain the damage from Donald Trump, this time from Trump attacking the parents of a Muslim Army Captain who died in Iraq in 2004. Leading the damage control charge is none other than "my senator" Mitch the Turtle himself.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on Sunday called Muslim fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan "an American hero," and said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims seeking to enter the country did not fit American values.
"I agree with the (Khans) and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values," McConnell said in a statement.
That will only open up McConnell to charges of being a "cuckservative", the all-purpose insult for the Trump crowd against what they see as those womanish, wimpy Republican males too emasculated to admit Trump is always right. So far the careers of dozens of "cucks" are littering the ashes of the modern GOP right now, and the casting of Trump as America's ultimate alpha male that will win over women voters is an important part of the narrative.
Americans have been rattled by recent attacks in France and Florida, the murder of police officers in Texas and Louisiana, and widespread protests over the killings of unarmed black men, polls show.
“We’re not electing a husband, we’re not electing a preacher, we’re electing a leader,” said Kay White, a Republican delegate to the nominating convention from Tennessee who originally supported U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in the early nominating contests, or primaries.
For White, it’s a one-issue election. “Security,” she said. “Nothing else matters.”
A year ago, Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, a conservative advocacy group, was a blistering critic of the thrice-married Trump because of comments he made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that many felt were sexist.
But Nance now supports Trump and says the candidate can fashion an effective message for women centered on national security, she told Reuters on the sidelines of the convention. “Every day we wake up and get our kids ready for school and the television is on and there is another attack,” she said.
So no, Trump attacking the Khan family won't hurt him with his base in the least. The only thing that will is if Trump surrenders to the "cucks".