The Khan Con falls flat


Say, remember when Khizr Khan claimed that he just wanted to go back to his private life?

Good times.

I guess once you’ve been handed fifteen minutes of fame, it’s hard to let go of it.

Because Mr. Khan is trying to hog the spotlight again this week.

On Monday a Canadian speakers’ forum posted on Facebook that Mr. Khan – who was scheduled to speak in Toronto today – would be unable to attend.


Because according Mr. Khan, his “travel privileges are being reviewed.”

And that means what exactly?

Well, nobody knows.

But members of the breathless “Leap First, Asks Questions Never” Fake News media descended on this story like flies on shit.

After all, it was the same day that President Trump issued his updated travel ban.

And what better way to froth up outrage than to imply that Mr. Khan’s predicament was somehow related to Trump.

You know, just like how the Fake News ran with the story of Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad being detained by Customs.

But it didn’t take long for Mr. Khan’s story to fall apart like a cheap sweater in the spin cycle.

Even Washington Post reporter Max Bearak was suspicious.

The claim, which does not state which U.S. agency contacted him, immediately raised doubts about how it was possible that a U.S. citizen was being prevented from traveling abroad.

And the only thing reporters had to go by was a statement from the Canadian speakers’ forum.

On Tuesday, Bob Ramsay, who runs Ramsay Talks, said he didn’t know the specifics of Khan’s predicament. “I don’t know exactly who conducted the review, but in speaking with Mr. Khan, it was certainly U.S. authorities,” Ramsay said. “That’s all I know.”

Mr. Ramsey’s first mistake was believing anything Khan said.

Naturally, Bearak tried to get a comment from Khizr Khan himself.

Which should be easy, right? Heaven knows, Mr. Khan always has time for an interview.

And yet:

As questions about his motivations for making the claim swirl, Khan has refused to elaborate on his initial statement to The Washington Post and other publications. A more detailed request for clarification did not receive an immediate response Tuesday afternoon.

Well, what do you know?

Suddenly Mr. “I’ll sit for every interview” doesn’t want to comment?

Khan’s use of the term “travel privileges” is part of what makes his tale of woe such a head-scratcher.

Even an immigration lawyer interviewed by the Atlantic was puzzled:

He added that he was surprised by the report, in part because it’s not clear what “travel privileges” is referring to. “The use of that term makes no sense,” said Stock, who is the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “International travel has generally been seen as a right for U.S. citizens, not a privilege.”

Call me cynical. But this stinks to high heaven.

Of course, it doesn’t help that I trust Khizr Khan about as far as I could throw him.

Yet I am certain there are those who will abandon all reason and glom onto this bit of fiction for no other reason than to smear President Trump.

Which, let’s be honest, was probably Khan’s objective from the beginning.

And if you buy Khan’s story, I got a honey of bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

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