Donald Trump launched a racist attack against the parents of fallen US soldier Humayun Khan, suggesting that his mother, Ghazala Khan, was being silenced by her husband, Khizr Khan, because they’re Muslims.
Trump said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Mrs. Khan later explained that she still has a difficult time talking about her dead son. But as usual, Donald Trump takes the low road and makes it about her religion.
Trump also questioned whether Mr. Khan had written the speech he delivered at the Democratic convention.
In fact, Mr. Khan did write his speech and he recited it from memory, with no notes or teleprompter. He did not even provide a copy of the speech to the DNC before he spoke.
Donald Trump said he also made sacrifices just like the Khan family by creating “tens of thousands of jobs” and building “great structures.”
He said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
The Khans responded to Trump:
Watch Khizr Khan’s moving speech at the Democratic convention:
Here’s the entire text of Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic convention:
Tonight, we are honored to stand here as the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.
Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy – that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.
We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.
Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.
Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son “the best of America.
If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.
He [Trump] disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.
Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the US constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.
Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America – you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.
You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division. We are stronger together. And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our next President.
The Khans also appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell: