The parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in Iraq voiced their condemnation of Trump at the recent Democratic Convention.
The 27 year-old Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in a suicide bombing whilst stationed in Iraq in 2004.
Their speech appealed to the US public, asking them to see through Trump’s hateful and dangerous rhetoric, labelling the candidate unfit for the White House, after his comments suggesting he had made similar sacrifices for America – comparable to their son.
“I think I have made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump told ABC. “I’ve worked very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures … I’ve had tremendous success.”
Trump lashed out at the pair, criticising Ghazala Khan for remaining silent during the speech.
“His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump told ABC’s This Week. “She had nothing to say. She probably … maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet. And it looked like she had nothing to say.”
Khizr Khan said that Trump’s response showed a devastating lack of empathy and pleaded with the republican candidate’s own children to reason with him.
“I want his family to counsel him. Teach him some empathy. he will be a better person, but he is a black soul.”
Ghazala Khan adressed Trump’s comments in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, where she stated that “Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”
She said that she was unable to comment on stage that night due to being overwhelmed with emotions after seeing her son’s face projected on the screen.
“I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are –– I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
“Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.
“When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.”