“Donald Trump, have you even read the Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.” During this year’s Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan and Hillary Clinton used the convention as a platform to honor and highlight Captain Humayun Khan’s heroism. His father, Khizr Khan, took the stage with Khan’s mother and movingly described their son’s sacrifice for the United States.
In one of the most riveting segments of his speech, Khizr Khan waved a copy of the U.S. Constitution and addressed the audience.
“Donald Trump, have you even read the Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said. At another point in the speech, he said, “If it was up to Donald Trump, [Humayun] never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. … He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”
Khizr Khan’s son, Captain Humayun Khan died while serving in the United States Army during the Iraq war. According to a U.S. Department of Defense press release, Captain Humayun S. M. Khan, 27, of Bristow, Virginia, died June 8, 2004, in Baquabah, Iraq, “after a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty.” Captain Khan saved his troops by instructing them to stay back while he investigated the a suspicious vehicle.
Mr. Khan’s speech at the convention in Philadelphia was one of the most powerful given there. It was effectively the Democratic response to comments Mr. Trump has made implying many American Muslims have terrorist sympathies or stay silent when they know ones who do. Mr. Trump has called to ban Muslim immigration as a way to combat terrorism.
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