Hillary Clinton shuts down Trump with touching tribute to US Muslim war hero

Published: December 21, 2015
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Hillary Clinton PHOTO: REUTERS

Hillary Clinton PHOTO: REUTERS

Whether you’re in Europe or the United States, it’s not an easy time to be a Muslim. With US presidential candidates, such as Donald Trump calling for a blanket ban on Muslims in the US, the alarm bells for intolerance have only been growing louder and louder.

Sometimes a simple message can help reverse some of the damage done by divisive candidates like Trump. And democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found a way to do just that by paying a heart wrenching tribute to a Muslim American soldier who served in Iraq and laid down his life to save the lives of his entire unit,

“Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim American serving in Iraq, was only 27 years old when his heroic action saved the lives of his entire unit. This is his story. Thank you, Captain Khan,” Clinton wrote in a Facebook post.

US Senator pays tribute to Muslim army officer

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In the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republican leaders, Clinton released a video in which she speaks about the sacrifice of US army soldier Captain Humayun Khan. Her audience couldn’t help but be moved to tears by Khan’s story, swayed as much by the narrative as Clinton’s emotion-packed eloquent delivery.

“If you want to see the best of America, you need look no further than Army Captain Humayun Khan. He was born in the United Arab Emirates. He moved to Maryland as a small child. He later graduated from the University of Virginia, before enlisting in the United States Army,” the former First Lady and former US Secretary of State stated.

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“In June 2004, he was serving in Iraq. One day while his infantry unit was guarding the gates of his base, a suspicious vehicle appeared. Captain Khan told his troops to get back but he went forward. He took 10 steps towards the car before it exploded,” Clinton told the spellbound audience.

The 27-year-old was killed, but his unit was saved by his courageous act, she added. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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“’We still wonder what made him take those 10 steps,’” Khan’s father said in a recent interview, according to Clinton.

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“’Maybe that’s the point,’ he went on,” Clinton continued. “’Where all the values, all the service to country, all the things he learned in this country kicked in. It was those values that made him take those 10 steps. Those 10 steps told us we did not make a mistake in moving to this country,’ his father finished.”

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Finishing off, Clinton said, “It’s time to stand up and say: We are Americans. We will not turn on each other or turn on our principles. That’s what we do here. That’s who we are. That’s how we will win. That’s the America that I know makes us all so proud to be part of.”

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2015 - 3:58PM

    His name sounds like he was Pakistani Origin.

    It would have been helpful for HC to highlight that given all the negative press the country gets.

    A lot of Expat Pakistanis make very contribution to their new countries (like Capt. Khan).

    Not all are people smuggled, half literate looney militants.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2015 - 4:03PM

    What an awesome speech.

    Why cant our melons (politicians) come up with this type of vision to unite us.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Captain Humayun Khan, Shaheed. It take pristine courage and compassion for fellow humans to take a step like the one he took. SalamsRecommend

  • G. Din
    Dec 21, 2015 - 7:56PM

    I am an unabashed Clinton fan. But pray, how does a singular (meaning one) Capt. Khan negate a million Muslim terrorists. Statistically speaking, Capt. Khan will be relegated to those termed “outliers” and therefore irrelevant. When one speaks about large populations, only data about those statistically significant is admissible.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 21, 2015 - 9:36PM

    Donald Trump has alienated Latinos, Muslims and Black Americans in the US, and how does he think he will win the White House by alienating a huge block of vote bank. Hillary Clinton is smart to bring this kind of stories to the fore-front and win potential vote bank and the purse of Muslims in the US, smart move. I have come across lots of working class Americans who are gunge-ho about Donald Trump and his anti Muslim outbursts but historically they don’t vote. I am glad he keeps up his anti minority rhetoric because this will seal for sure his losing the Presidential race and his ambitions to become President. Keep it up Donald Duck. We love you.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Dec 21, 2015 - 9:50PM

    Next President of the United States – Hillary Clinton!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 22, 2015 - 7:21AM

    @Pakistani:
    “His name sounds like he was Pakistani Origin.”

    May be, may be not. I have a very good Afghan friend here in US. I have very good relations not only with him and his family but also many others of his extended family for over 25 years. He first name is also Homayoun. They all escaped Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and came to USA through Pakistan. Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Dec 22, 2015 - 5:23PM

    Sane Americans should select Hillary.Recommend

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