In an interview, Donald Trump's son, Eric, defended his father's position about the Khan family, trying to change the subject to "Islamic terrorism." He also raised the question of why Pat Smith, the mother of a son who died in the Benghazi attack, who spoke at the GOP convention, had not received the same media coverage that the Khans, who spoke at the Democtratic convention, received about their son who died as a hero in Iraq. Let me offer two simple explanations.
1. Pat Smith gave an emotionally wrenching short speech about the loss of her son, and she charged Hillary Clinton with his murder. It was emotionally wrenching, because her grief was so raw and her rage so palpable. But her charges were false, and eight governmental investigations lasting years and costing millions of dollars have failed to find a shred of evidence that found Hillary Clinton culpable in those deaths. Pat Smith was repeating false charges; and she seemed to be teetering on the edge of instability herself. In contrast, the Khans were the epitome of truth and moral rectitude. Their indictment of Trump was based on documented things he has done or said; and they were steady and stoic, in spite of their deeply felt grief.
2. The second explanation is perhaps the more important one, tactically: Hillary Clinton did not respond to the attack on her by defensively attacking Ms. Smith as Donald Trump did the Khans. It was his continued attacks, getting more direct and brutal with each day, that kept the story going. The Khans got more air time because Trump himself gave it to them. When you're in a hole, stop digging.