'You have sacrificed nothing and no one': Father of Pakistani-American war hero to Trump

Humayun, was a captain in the US Army who died when a vehicle packed with explosives approached his compound


Afp July 29, 2016
Muslim American Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun was killed while serving in the US Army. PHOTO: INUSANEWS

The father of a Muslim US soldier killed in Iraq accused Donald Trump of vilifying patriotic American Muslims while "sacrificing nothing" himself, in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention Thursday.

Khizr Khan -- whose son Humayun died in a 2004 suicide bombing in Baquba -- admonished the Republican presidential nominee for his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

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"Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to the country," he said, stirring delegates who had watched a video tribute to his son in captivated silence.



"If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America," he said. "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims."

"Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future, let me ask you -- have you even read the United States Constitution?" he said, brandishing a copy to loud cheers.

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"I will gladly lend you my copy!" Khan said, demanding Trump look for the word "liberty" and consult the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection before the law.

"Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?" he demanded, as many in the audience were moved to tears. "Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities."

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"You have sacrificed nothing, and no one!" he said.

Watch the full speech below:


 

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COMMENTS (10)

Ibnul H. Rizvi | 4 years ago | Reply Before Mr. Khizr Khan came on the podium, he was introduced by a written message from Mrs. Hilary Clinton that he was from UAE. There was no mention of Pakistan. Mr. Mahakalchakra confirms this. The omission of Pakistan was deliberate. It is so unfortunate that we Pakistanis grieve with Mr. Khizr, and feel honored by his son's sacrifice and proud of it, he ignored his Pakistan's connection. Trump suspects people of Pakistan origin, he had his opportunity to point his finger like he did many times and told Trump that my son was. Muslim and a Pakistani-American.
Titan | 4 years ago | Reply @Goody: The family was introduced at the DNC as being originally from UAE. Maybe they did not want to be introduced as being from Pakistan.
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