It appears as if Donald Trump’s latest controversy concerns his remarks about the family of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq.
You may have watched Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier, speak at the Democratic National Convention last Thursday in Philadelphia. Khan told the audience that “Trump had sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Khan’s son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 when a car blew up after he told his troops to stand back. He took 10 steps forward to check out the suspicious vehicle himself, saving the lives of the soldiers he supervised, according to Heavy.com.
During his speech while referring to the GOP candidate’s ban on Muslim immigration, Khan held high a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution, asking Trump if he had ever read it. Khan offered to lend his copy to Trump.
According to The IndyStar, Trump said Khan had “no right” to criticize him and that he had made many sacrifices.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Trump also speculated that Khan’s wife, Ghazala, who stood silent beside him as he delivered his remarks, “maybe wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”
Top Republican lawmakers House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned Trump’s remarks in separate statements, although they did not mention their presidential candidate by name, according to Reuters.
“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example,” Ryan said.
“His sacrifice – and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan – should always be honored. Period.” he said.
Earlier on Sunday, Ghazala Khan took up her own defense in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, saying her husband had asked her in advance whether she would want to speak at the convention but that she had decided she would be unable to do so on stage because of her pain over the 2004 death of her son.
“Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true,” she wrote. “When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant.”
Trumps running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, released a statement Sunday night about the death of Captain Humayun Khan, the deceased soldier whose parents spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The IndyStar wrote:
This is the first time Pence has spoken about the topic, having previously deferred questions to Trump’s campaign.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Pence said he and Trump both value the sacrifices made by Khan and his family.
“Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American,” the statement says.
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