Two weeks ago, Khizr Khan, an outspoken proponent of Muslim immigration into the U.S. who spoke at Hillary Clinton’s Democrat Party Convention last summer, claimed he had to cancel a speaking engagement in Canada due to having been notified his travelling privileges were “being reviewed” – allegedly by the Trump administration.
Now, Mr. Khan is quietly changing his story. The Mainstream Media reported widely on the original claim, and is now largely ignoring Khan’s own correction, thereby keeping the anti-Trump slant intact.
Since his DNC appearance and attacks on then-GOP candidate for President, Donald Trump, Khan has become something of a hero to fellow open border / Muslim immigration proponents, including many within the Mainstream Media. Khan quickly monetized this newfound celebrity status, appearing on multiple news programs, giving speeches, etc.
Then came his claim he had to cancel yet another speaking engagement due to uncertainty over his ability to travel outside of the United States. Left-leaning media outlets such as Politico, The Daily Wire, The Daily Beast, etc., reported on the alleged travel ban. CNN picked up the story as well.
Those who took a moment to look a bit further became increasingly suspicious regarding Mr. Khan’s claims:
I'm a fan of Khizr Khan, but very skeptical of this story. Can't think of any known legal reason why his travel could be restricted. https://t.co/2QhokTRYVR
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) March 6, 2017
Asked Khizr Khan several simple, clarifying Qs via email. He got back, saying only "Thank you – no comments." I'd stay away from this story
— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) March 6, 2017
Khan went silent. Now, he’s all but admitted to having made it up as detailed by this Free Beacon report :
Khizr Khan Changes Story About Why He Didn’t Attend Toronto Event
“…Khan changed his story of what happened last week.
In a March 17 email to a Richmond, Va. radio station, Khan said that it was his own decision not to travel abroad.
“I did not want to go through the hassle of uncertain rules and capricious implementation,” Khan told WCVE’s Hawes Spencer.
Khan also said he is concerned about Muslims being profiled at the border.”
So, it was Mr. Khan who was reviewing his own travel plans – not any government agency. Now hold the above admission to Mr. Khan’s own earlier social media comments on the same subject:
KHIZR KHAN EVENT CANCELLATION
“Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed. As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.
Mr. Khan offered his sincere apologies to all those who made plans to attend on March 7th. He said: “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.”
It appears to have all been a publicity stunt by Khan to keep his name in the news to perhaps keep the paid speech appearances coming. The only one “reviewing” Khizr Khan’s travel privileges was Khizr Khan. Where is CNN to report on this lie by a man it spent hours supporting? MSNBC? The New York Times?
They’ve all gone silent on Mr. Khan and moved on to the next Fake News anti-Trump story.