The Latest Khizr Khan-troversy: Abuse of Power, Hoax, or Something Else?
Khizr Khan, who energized the Democratic National Convention this past summer with the story of his son (an American soldier killed in Iraq) and attacks on Donald Trump, is back in the news again.
Earlier, some reports emerged that a speaking appearance than Khan had scheduled for Tuesday in Toronto had been canceled after he claimed that he would not be able to be at the event because he had been told his "traveling privileges" were "under review."
But the State Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration have all pushed back on the story, raising the question of whether this is in fact an outrageous violation of an American citizen's right to travel, or a deliberate hoax, or perhaps something else entirely.
This comes as President Trump released on Monday his new executive order revising the seven-nation (now six) travel ban.
In a statement published on the event organizer's Facebook page, Khan was quoted as saying:
This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.
So the impression that Khan himself tried to convey is that he is being persecuted by the Trump administration in retaliation for his statements against President Trump.
Nearly immediately, the media began pushing the story out:
Some in the media commendably urged caution with the story:
Despite those cautions, national and international media have been running hard with the story: