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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), page 8.

Father of fallen Muslim soldier blasts Trump at convention

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 military.

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 Trump.

"Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,’" he said while standing next to his wife, waving the paperback document vigorously.

"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 country."

"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."

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