Kareem Abdul-Jabbar just dunked on Donald Trump, and he had an assist from the family of a dead U.S. Muslim soldier. At the DNC, Kareem blasted Donald’s ban on Muslims, while the father of Captain Humayun Khan wondered if Trump had even bothered to read the Constitution.
“I’m Michael Jordan and I’m here with Hillary,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 69, joked as he appeared at the DNC. “I said that because I know Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.” OOOH. BURN. But after the sick slam on Trump, Kareem turned serious as he talked about the late Army Captain Humayun S. M. Khan, an American Muslim who died in service of his country. Kareem then took Donald to task over his anti-Muslim policies.
“Donald Trump’s idea of to register Muslims and prevent them from entering our country is the very tyranny Thomas Jefferson abhorred.” Kareem also blasted Mike Pence, 57, doing the “opposite” of what Jefferson wanted by passing a “Religious Freedom Acts, allowing people to discriminate against LGBTQ people (and those of different religions.)
After Kareem introduced a video about Captain Khan, his parents came out to speak, addressing Donald Trump directly. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one. Have you even visited Arlington Cemetery?” Khizr Khan said, furious at the GOP’s candidate. “Have you even read the Constitution? I will lend you mine.” In the ultimate move of the night, Khizr pulled out a copy of the Constitution and held it straight for Donald Trump. Ultimately, both Kareem and Mr. Khan begged voters not to “let fear destroy” the American dream.
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As a proud Muslim, it’s no surprise Kareem had an issue with Donald, 70, calling for a complete ban on Muslims entering the country, including refugees fleeing the devastation caused by ISIS. He was a perfect choice, too. Since he hung up his uniform, Kareem has become a respected writer who has spoken out on numerous political and social issues. So, it’s no surprise that he was tapped to make an appearance at the DNC. In fact, when Hillary Clinton, 68, was Secretary of State, she appointed Kareem as a global Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, according to USA Today.
“Even if Trump could win in November, bluster and insults are not enough when it comes to our economic, spiritual and social futures,” he said in The Washington Post. “Running a real estate company has nothing to do with running a country, forging alliances in Congress, or dealing with foreign allies and enemies. Running a lemonade stand is not the same as running a massive citrus farm.” Burn! That’s almost as harsh as what Mr. Khizr Khan just said.
What do you think about Kareem’s appearance at the DNC, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’ll help Hillary win the White House in November? Or do you think Donald’s defense will shut her down?