Khizr Khan, the father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.
M. Khan, holds up a copy of the constitution of the United
States while his wife listens during the final day of the
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 28,
2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
From The Asian Reporter, V26, #15 (August 1, 2016),
Father of fallen Muslim soldier blasts Trump
By Bradley Klapper
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The father of a Muslim-American soldier killed
in Iraq recently posed a question to Donald Trump: Have you even
read the constitution?
To rapturous cheers, Pakistan-born Khizr Khan fiercely
attacked the billionaire businessman at the Democratic National
Convention in Philadelphia, saying that if it was up to Trump,
his son never would have been American or served in the
Khan said Hillary Clinton, by contrast, "called my son the
best of America."
The address was the latest effort by Democrats to highlight
their diversity and criticize Trump’s most contentious plans.
Beyond his proposed wall across Mexico, the billionaire
businessman has threatened to ban Muslims from entering the
United States if he becomes president.
Capt. Humayun Khan died in 2004 when a car loaded with
explosives blew up at his compound. He was 27 years old.
Honoring his son, Khizr Khan pulled a copy of the
constitution out of his suit pocket and offered to lend it to
"Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,’"
he said while standing next to his wife, waving the paperback
"Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?" he then asked.
"Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending
United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and
ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing."
Khan, who moved to the U.S. in 1980, said he and his wife
were "patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our
"Like many immigrants, we came to this country emptyhanded,"
he said, believing that with hard work he could raise his three
sons "in a nation where they were free to be themselves and
follow their dreams."
Trump, Khan argued, was imperilling that ideal with his
smears of Muslims, women, judges, and other groups.
He urged Muslims, immigrants, and all patriots to "to not
take this election lightly."
"Vote for the healer," Khan said, "not the divider."