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Trump plumbs the depths to show himself as the lowest of the lowest

Can anyone really want to vote for this low-life?    Leave aside, for the moment, whether Trump is a "crook" as Michael Bloomberg described him the other day when speaking at the DNC, but to stoop as low as Trump did, as detailed below in a report in The New York Times (reprinted in The Age newspaper) shows Trump to be what really is - a loud-mouth sleazeball.

"Donald Trump has suggested that the Muslim mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq had let her husband do all the talking at the Democratic National Convention because she was not "allowed" to speak.

Trump's comments, in an interview with ABC News that will air on Sunday, local time, were his most extensive remarks since Khizr Khan delivered one of the most powerful speeches on Thursday at the convention in Philadelphia.

In the speech, Khan spoke about how his 27-year-old son, Humayun Khan, an army captain, sacrificed his life in a car bombing in 2004 in Iraq as he tried to save other troops.

Khan criticised Trump, saying he "consistently smears the character of Muslims", and pointedly challenged what sacrifices Trump himself had made.

Khan's wife, Ghazala, stood silently by his side; she has said in news reports that she finds talking about her son painful.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, told ABC News that Khan seemed like a "nice guy" and that he wished him "the best of luck".

But, he added: "If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably - maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me."

The reference implied that she was not allowed to speak because of female subservience that is expected in some traditional strains of Islam.

Trump told Maureen Dowd of The New York Times on Friday night, "I'd like to hear his wife say something."

When the interviewer said Khan had pointed out that his family would not have been allowed into the US under Trump's proposed ban on Muslim immigrants, the candidate replied: "He doesn't know that."

And when asked what he would say to the grieving father, Trump replied: "I'd say, 'We've had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism.' "

The interviewer also noted that Khan had said Trump had "sacrificed nothing", and had lost no one.

"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's scriptwriters?" Trump replied.

"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I've worked very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs."

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