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Final straw: Khizar Khan proves last nail in Trump’s coffin

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has surged to a 15-point lead over reeling, gaffe-plagued Republican Donald Trump, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.Clinton made strong gains with two constituencies crucial to a Republican victory – whites and men – while scoring important gains among fellow Democrats, the poll found. Clinton not only went up, but Trump also went down. Clinton now has a 48-33 percent lead, a huge turnaround from her narrow 42-39 advantage last month. The findings are particularly significant because the poll was taken after both political conventions ended and as Trump engaged in a war of words with the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in an explosion in Iraq 12 years ago while trying to rescue other soldiers. “This is coming off the Democratic convention, where a bounce is expected,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinio in New York, which conducted the nationwide survey. “What you don’t want is to have the worst week of your campaign,” a characterization many analysts use to describe Trump’s recent days.  In a campaign in which Trump has mocked Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans and the disabled, to go after the family of a war hero seems to have been the final straw. Trumps poll numbers have plummeted and Hillary Clinton, about as flawed a candidate as possible, now enjoys a double digit lead. The head honchos in Trump’s own party have denounced him. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain – himself mocked by Trump for being captured during the Vietnam War – have both stood up for Khizr and Ghazala. There are even rumours that the Republicans may try to engineer Trump’s removal from the ticket as he may bring down Republicans in Congressional races. This is a fate the party deserves. Trump is the culmination of decades of Republican racism. Rather than using the coded dog whistles Republicans have perfected, he just comes right out and says what many white voters think. The damage he has done to the country has already been incalculable. In a two-party system, when one party is explicitly identified as the party of white racial resentment, there is very little hope for minority groups. The Democrats will end up taking them for granted knowing there is no chance of them defecting to the other side. Muslims already face discrimination in the US and the Democrats, who also have a ravenous appetite for waging war on Muslim countries, have done little more than pay lip service to them. The dignity with which Khizr and Ghazal have comported themselves may show the US that Muslims are not to be feared but there is always the danger that a militant attack will rehabilitate Trump’s image and engender yet another backlash against Muslims.

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