President Donald Trump has been roasted throughout the media for reported comments during a condolence call to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
Reportedly telling the grieving widow that he “knew what he signed up for,” Trump also apparently failed to refer to the slain sergeant by his name.
Many are outraged. Including an NFL owner.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has not missed an opportunity of late to criticize Trump, and he addressed this and other topics with USA Today Wednesday evening.
“It’s so bad,” said Khan to USA Today. “It’s below the lowest of the lowest expectations. It doesn’t sound rational. It’s bizarre.”
Khan then said that the President was more offensive than NFL protests of the national anthem.
“Let’s get real,” Khan said. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews. I think the NFL doesn’t even come close to that on the level of being offensive. Here, it’s about money, or messing with — trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of.”
Khan also offered USA Today his sharpest criticism yet of Trump’s repeated travel bans from majority-Muslim countries.
“That’s one aspect that you can imagine — someone is getting a visa that will change their life is from a Muslim-majority country — and, now, boom, that dream to change lives, they get locked out,” Khan said. “That’s a hell of a lot more significant than fighting some sponsors or people who want their money back because they’ve been riled up.”
These comments follow up on comments Khan made in Chicago earlier this month.
On Trump, Khan had this to say: “You have to give Trump credit, people are confused on the First Amendment versus patriotism, that if you exercise your First Amendment, you’re not a patriot, which is crazy … People are confused on it, (Trump) knew he could hit on it and take advantage. I think what we’re seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.”
And on Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Khan was even more pointed.
“Steve Bannon or whoever is analyzing the data realizes, ‘How do I get elected?’ I get elected by dividing this person or this group against this group. What are the worst fears, phobias somebody has, how do I tap that button and get them with my people? There’s a lot of predictive behavior here.”
Amidst all of these expressly political statements, Khan has attempted to mend fences with the Jacksonville fan base, though efforts have met with skepticism.
The sincerity well-publicized apology letter from Jaguars President Mark Lamping to a city of Jacksonville official was questioned by someone who had met, along with other military veterans and officers, with the Jaguars a day before.