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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice. - The Washington Post

Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice. - The Washington Post: "Opinions
Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.

Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, stood before the Democratic convention on Thursday, July 28 and blasted Donald Trump's rhetoric on Muslims and immigrants. Here's what happened next. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)
By Ghazala Khan July 31 at 9:45 AM
Ghazala Khan’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004.


Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.

Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.

When Humayun was sent to Iraq, my husband and I worried about his safety. I had already been through one war, in Pakistan in 1965, when I was just a high school student. So I was very scared. You can sacrifice yourself, but you cannot take it that your kids will do this.

'You have sacrificed nothing': Father of killed Muslim soldier to Trump Play Video7:07
Humayun Khan was an American Muslim Army soldier who died serving the U.S. after 9/11. His father, Khizr Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and offered a strong rebuke of Donald Trump, saying, "Have you even read the United States Constitution?" (Video: Victoria Walker/The Washington Post;Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
We asked if there was some way he could not go, because he had already done his service. He said it was his duty. I cannot forget when he was going to the plane, and he looked back at me. He was happy, and giving me strength: “Don’t worry, Mom. Everything will be all right.”

The last time I spoke to my son was on Mother’s Day 2004. We had asked him to call us collect whenever he could. I begged him to be safe. I asked him to stay back, and not to go running around trying to become a hero, because I knew he would do something like that.

He said, “Mom, these are my soldiers, these are my people. I have to take care of them.” He was killed by a car bomber outside the gates of his base. He died trying to save his soldiers and innocent civilians.

That is my son. Humayun was always dependable. If I was vacuuming the house and he was home, he would take the vacuum from my hand and clean the house. He volunteered to teach disabled children in the hospital how to swim. He said, “I love when they have a little bit of progress and their faces, they light up. At least they are that much happy.” He wanted to be a lawyer, like his father, to help people.

Humayun is my middle son, and the others are doing so well, but every day I feel the pain of his loss. It has been 12 years, but you know hearts of pain can never heal as long as we live. Just talking about it is hard for me all the time. Every day, whenever I pray, I have to pray for him, and I cry. The place that emptied will always be empty.

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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.

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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.

Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means."

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Gold star father Kahn says Trump’s praise of hero son ‘disingenuous’ | Fox News

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The father of the Army captain killed in Iraq and whose speech at the Democratic National Convention sparked a controversial response from Donald Trump said Sunday that he “appreciates” the Republican presidential nominee calling his son a “hero,” but said the praise “sounds disingenuous.”

Khizr Khan, the Muslim lawyer whose son was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he questions Trump's sincerity, considering his previous, divisive rhetoric.

Trump had proposed a temporary ban on all Muslim immigrants, in the aftermath of a recent series of global terror attacks connected to radicalized Islamists.

In an interview last week on “Meet the Press,” Trump said of his proposed immigration plan: “We’re going to have tough standards. And if a person can’t prove . . . that they’re from an area, and if a person can’t prove what they have to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country.

In a June interview, the businessman said that as president he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies.”

Trump in separate tweets Sunday morning wrote:

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“I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!”

He then tweeted: “Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our "leaders" to eradicate it!”

The controversy started when Khan said on the convention stage last week in Philadelphia that Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one" for America.

Trump responded by telling ABC’s “This Week,” that he’s made “a lot of sacrifices.”

“I work very, very hard,” Trump continued. “I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures."

However, critics argued he went too far by questioning why Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood silently by his side during the speech.

“She had nothing to say,” Trump said on ABC. “Maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."

Khan had said she didn't speak because she was still overwhelmed by grief and couldn’t even look at photos of her son without crying.

She continued that argument in a Washington Post opinion piece on Sunday that also included an attack on Trump.

“Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything,” Khan wrote. “That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. … When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. …  Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”

Trump’s original response sparked immediate outrage on social media -- both because they critiqued a mourning mother and because many considered them racist and anti-Muslim.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has previously raised concerns about Trump’s comments about Muslims.

On Saturday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said: "The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim-Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country."

Hillary Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney tweeted: “Trump is truly shameless to attack the family of an American hero. Many thanks to the Khan family for your sacrifice, we stand with you.”

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, later said in a statement: "I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. ... This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country."

Karen Meredith, a member of Gold Star Families, a support group for families who lost loved ones in the Iraq War, said Capt. Humayun Khan’s parents “showed great courage” by standing up in front of the Democratic convention and that for Trump “to insult their culture by saying that is why she did not speak is offensive.” 

On Sunday, Khizr Khan attempted to persuade voters not to vote for Trump, saying, “I appeal to them not to vote for hate-mongering. Vote for freedom.”

He also implied that about of a third of the responses he’s gotten from Americans are from Republican politicians but said he would not disclose names."

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Khizr Khan responds to the latest from Trump: ‘Typical of a person without a soul’ from The Washington Post
He has no empathy no soul he only cares about himself sad!

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shared from Twitter: Muslim Family of Fallen Army Captain Responds to Trump: 'Shame on Him' |

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Donald Trump Goes After Grieving Mother Of Killed American Soldier Ghazal Khan

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Donald Trump Goes After Grieving Mother Of Killed American Soldier
Just when you thought he couldn’t sink any lower.
07/30/2016 05:20 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago
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Donald Trump responded to the moving speeches of the father of an American hero at the Democratic National Convention by questioning why his wife stood at his side but did not speak. 

The remarks were clearly intended to question whether the couple’s Islamic faith precluded her from speaking so publicly.

Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004, gave one of the most stirring speeches of the convention when he questioned what sacrifices Trump had made for his country. Khan’s wife, Ghazala, appeared beside him at the lectern but did not speak.

Trump suggested in two separate interviews that Ghazala Khan had been blocked from speaking.

“I’d like to hear his wife say something,” Trump told The New York Times in an interview published Friday. 

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” he said in an interview with ABC on Saturday.

A visibly shaken Ghazala Khan spoke at length about her son during an interview with MSNBC on Friday. She said she had to work to keep her composure onstage at the DNC because she is still grief-stricken.

“[I] was very nervous, because I cannot see my son’s picture, I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are,” she said of her appearance at the DNC.

She also recounted her last conversation, on Mother’s Day. “‘Be safe, and don’t become hero for me, just be my son, come back as a son,’” she recalled, fighting back tears. “He came back as a hero.”

Trump’s Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton paid tribute to Ghazala Khan for speaking about her grief so publicly.

 “I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night,” Clinton said in a statement to ABC News. “And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son’s life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.”

The founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America defended the Khan family, after Trump claimed he had made sacrifices of his own, without actually naming any. Trump went on to boast of business successes and made charity work claims.

“For anyone to compare his ‘sacrifice’ to a Gold Star family member is insulting, foolish and ignorant,” said IAVA CEO Paul Rieckhoff in a statement to ABC News. “Especially someone who has never served himself and has no children serving.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S."

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Coulter on Father of Deceased Muslim Soldier: ‘An Angry Muslim With a Thick Accent’ | Mediaite

Coulter on Father of Deceased Muslim Soldier: ‘An Angry Muslim With a Thick Accent’ | Mediaite: "Coulter on Father of Deceased Muslim Soldier: ‘An Angry Muslim With a Thick Accent’
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Lots of people, even many many conservatives, loved the patriotism that came from the mouth of Khizr Khan at the DNC tonight, but not Ann Coulter.

Khan is the father of a Muslim soldier who gave his life for his country, and he delivered a passionate speech talking about being proud Americans and about how hateful Trump has been towards Muslims."

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Khizr Khan’s loss: A grieving father of a soldier struggles to understand - The Washington Post

What they forget is that this war or massacre, continuing were not needed; for get how Isis created but they wanna destroy us by all means so we have a just war here! Iqbal

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Seven Minutes That Shook the Convention - POLITICO Magazine

He walked onto the convention stage Thursday night with his wife beside him, the Constitution to guide him and the pride of a father who knows he has a story to tell.

"Tonight," said Khizr M. Khan, "we are honored to stand here as the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country."

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That was the beginning of a 7-minute speech that became an instant sensation—eloquent, emotional and notably original, coming as it did at the end of four days of highly processed political cliche. Khan, a 66-year-old immigration lawyer from Charlottesville, told the story of his son's death in combat in Iraq, but he turned that elegy into a viral rebuke of Donald Trump: "You have sacrificed nothing!"

His speech, delivered in prime-time just before Chelsea Clinton, was practiced "in my head and in my mind" and "spoken from the heart," Khan told POLITICO.

The story of how Khan, who is not even a registered Democrat, came to be standing on a stage where Hillary Clinton would moments later accept the nomination for president, began on June 8, 2004, the day his son was killed by a car bomber in Baqubah.

In 2005, Khan talked about his late son to the Washington Post. He recounted the family's journey from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates, and from there to Boston, where Khan completed his L.L.M at Harvard University. The family moved to Maryland in time for Humayun to go to high school. Even back then, Khan told the Post, Humayun "was the middle one, the comforter, the one the cousins would run to when they were being picked on. He gave swimming lessons to disabled children in high school." 

This sense of responsibility for others showed up again when Humayun joined the Army after graduating from high school. Humayun finished his four years of service and was preparing for law school at the University of Virginia when the Army called on him to serve in Iraq. He died there, four months after his arrival. Seeing a car speeding at his men, he ordered them to take cover. He took 10 steps toward the vehicle before it exploded. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Khan didn't give another interview about his son for a decade, until Donald Trump, who had risen to the top of the pack of GOP candidates, called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Muslim families like the Khans.

A reporter from Vocativ called Khan and asked him to retell his son's story in light of the Republican frontrunner's comments. "Muslims are American, Muslims are citizens…we are proud American citizens. It's the values [of this country] that brought us here, not our religion. Trump's position on these issues do not represent those values," Khan said.

A few days after the article was published, Khan received a call from a member of the Hillary Clinton campaign. The staffer asked him if Hillary Clinton could use his remarks, exactly as written in the interview he had given Vocativ, in a tribute to his son.

"I said 'Yes, of course.'"

In Minneapolis in December 2015, Hillary Clinton gave a moving tribute to Humayun Khan, who was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the 10 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Clinton narrated the soldier's story through his father's words: "'We still wonder what made him take those 10 steps,' Khan's father said…. 'Maybe that's the point where all the values, all the service to country, all the things he learned in this country kicked in. It was those values that made him take those 10 steps. Those 10 steps told us we did not make [a] mistake in moving to this country,' his father finished."

Later, the Clinton campaign contacted Mr. Khan again and asked if he would be willing to let them use the same tribute during the Democratic convention. Once again, he answered "Yes, of course."

Then they called again: Would you and your wife, Ghazala, be willing to appear on stage after the tribute? The campaign thought it would send a strong message of support for the candidate. He didn't hesitate.

The fourth time they called they asked: "Would you like to say something at the convention?"

Khan knew this was unusual honor. In an interview he gave the San Francisco Chronicle two days before his speech, he said, "Nowhere but in the United States is it possible that an immigrant who came to the country empty-handed only a few years ago gets to stand in front of patriots and in front of a major political party. ... It is my small share to show the world, by standing there, the goodness of America."

The Clinton campaign offered to put him in contact with a speechwriter. He declined. He knew what he wanted to say. He practiced at home with his family, leaning on 40 years of experience as an attorney that taught him "how to control my thoughts, my emotions and my message."

On the day of the speech, he grabbed his worn copy of the Constitution and slipped it in his jacket pocket. He carries it regularly, especially when he travels. "It's my favorite document. I wanted to use it because I wanted to highlight the protections that immigrants have in this country."

Walking on stage he knew the pocket-sized book was going to come out of his pocket before the evening was done.

"The main purpose of my speech was to bring awareness about the constitutional protections that each citizen of the United States enjoys and to try to prevent the scare that immigrant communities are feeling about the misinformation that one candidate had been pandering. So the effort was to put these worried minds at ease by asking that question: 'Have you even read the constitution?'"

In the minute after he finished at 9:18 p.m., observers noted a spike in people searching Google for "register to vote." Andrew Sullivan of New York magazine called the speech "the fulcrum of this election." Friday morning, as the Khans made their way home to Virginia, people stood in line in the Acela Club waiting room in Philadelphia to shake Khan's hand.

He sounded tired as he spoke to POLITICO by phone. "I'm a little overwhelmed by all the well-wishers."

Asked if he thought he had accomplished what he had hoped with the speech, Khan responded, "I will continue to work on it, one step at a time."

CORRECTED: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Khizr Khan prepared no written remarks. His speech was loaded into a teleprompter, but Khan says he did not use the teleprompter as he was speaking.

Annabelle Timsit is a researcher for Politico Magazine.

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Father Of War Hero Near Tears As He Pleads With Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell To 'Repudiate' Trump

Friends: I found something to disagree with Mr Khan The GOP & many Americans have veered of the cliff. They are no longer conservatives but lunatics, driven by corporate greed & lust for war. McConnel early on said He will be Obama 's Watermelon, they shut down the government; No they are not patriots but just the opposite We desperately need 2 new parties!👮💚🌺🇺🇸

Father Of War Hero Near Tears As He Pleads With Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell To 'Repudiate' Trump

Khizr Khan, who denounced Trump at the Democratic Convention, said "an ethical, moral stand has to be taken, regardless of the political costs."

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WASHINGTON ― Khizr Khan on Friday delivered the second half of the speech he began a day earlier at the Democratic National Convention.

The father of Muslim-American war hero Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq, implored Republican leaders of the Senate and House to disown their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, once and for all.

Appearing in his living room with his wife on MSNBC, Khan stared unwaveringly into the camera with watery eyes and asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): "Isn't this time to repudiate Trump?"

"If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country, will have constitutional crises [like] never before in the history of this country, and my conscience compels me under these very difficult circumstances," Khan said. "But there is so much at stake, and I appeal to both of these leaders, this is the time. There comes a time in the history of a nation where an ethical, moral stand has to be taken regardless of the political costs. The only reason they're not repudiating his behavior, his threat to our democracy, our decency, our foundation, is just because of political consequences."

Khan told Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's "The Last Word," he will continue asking that question in the hopes that it gets a reply from the two leaders, who he called "patriot(s)" and "decent human being(s)."

New York Times journalist Maureen Dowd asked Trump to respond to Khan's speech. All he said was, "I'd like to hear his wife say something."

Neither McConnell's nor Ryan's spokesmen responded immediately to requests for comment.

Ryan was asked a month ago if Trump's rhetoric and policy proposals struck at something bigger and needed to be rejected for the sake of the country's health.

"If I lead a schism in our party then I'm guaranteeing that a liberal progressive becomes president and continues these policies that are extremely detrimental to our country," Ryan said at a press conference. Pressed for a reason other than the Republican Party, Ryan added that "losing the Supreme Court for a generation" would be damaging.

Khan warned during his speech that if the congressional leaders do not disavow Trump ― who has proposed a ban on all Muslims, and construction of wall on the U.S.-Mexico border ― they will "sink the ship of the patriot Republicans."

"Republicans are as patriotic as Democrats are," Khan said. "They are half of the goodness of this beautiful country."

He said it doesn't make sense that the congressional leaders would continue to support a candidate they have condemned for his proposed Muslim ban and his attack on the Mexican heritage of a federal judge presiding over Trump University lawsuits.

Khan captivated the nation Thursday night with a searing indictment of Trump during a speech at the DNC in Philadelphia. He pulled out a pocket copy of the Constitution and, speaking to Trump, asked: "Let me ask you, have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy," he said."Look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law.'" 

As the crowd roared its approval, Khan continued: "You have sacrificed nothing."

Khan's son was killed in Iraq in 2004 by a vehicle loaded with explosives. The 27-year-old soldier had ordered his unit to stop while he alone moved toward the vehicle, saving the lives of fellow soldiers.

Watch the full MSNBC interview below:

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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