A Louisiana man with former ties to law enforcement and the military was arrested after authorities said he committed a hate crime, targeting a Livingston Parish convenience store because he believed the owners were Muslims — a group he blamed for "killing his fellow service members overseas."
Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen Iraq veteran and an outspoken Muslim American who famously traded barbs with then-candidate Donald Trump on the campaign trail last year, canceled a planned Tuesday speaking appearance in Canada after being told that his “travel privileges” as a U.S. citizen are “being reviewed,” according to a representative.
This week, I sat at a bar with an Afghan-American translator who served alongside special operations soldiers on some of the most dangerous and sensitive combat missions in the Afghan War back in 2011. She had been injured in an improvised explosive device explosion during a night raid that year and was working to put her life back together and recover ever since. As we sat and talked about Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, the television occupying the bar’s airspace displayed a graphic about Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.