Editor’s note: Attacks and counter attacks are raging over this speech. Updates have been added at the end of this article.
One of the most emotional moments during the last night of the Democratic National Convention centered around the story of fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan and the convention address by his bereaved father. Captain Khan, a University of Virginia graduate, was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. He was one of 14 American Muslims to give his life serving the United States during the decade following 9/11.
In a video released at the convention, Hillary Clinton is shown paying tribute to Captain Khan during a speech on national security that she delivered shortly after Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The video was followed by a stirring speech by Khizr Khan, the fallen captain’s father. Khan slammed Donald Trump for his divisive and discriminatory policies. Holding a copy of the Constitution, he asked whether the Republican nominee had ever read it and also whether he had ever been to Arlington Cemetery. “Go look at the graves of the brave patriots,” he said, “who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Donald Trump should fear the wrath of Khan for scapegoating a religion and giving ISIS exactly what it wants.
Since Mr. Khizr Khan’s respectful and dignified speech explaining why he disagreed with Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Trump has hit back describing himself as having been “viciously attacked.”
Senator John McCain and veteran’s groups have strongly criticized Trump for disparaging the family of a brave fallen soldier.