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USA: Trump’s racism confronted by potential victims

Friday 29 July 2016, by siawi3


The father of Muslim soldier killed in action just delivered a brutal repudiation of Donald Trump

By Philip Bump

July 28 at 9:43 PM

’You have sacrificed nothing’: Father of killed Muslim soldier to Trump
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Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun Khan, was an American Muslim Army soldier who died serving the U.S. after 9/11. He 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)

Donald Trump was speaking at an event in Iowa, complaining that America was not allowed to waterboard terrorists, when Khizr Khan and his wife walked up to the microphone at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Khan’s son Humayun Khan was a captain in the U.S. Army. When a vehicle packed with explosives approached his compound in Iraq in 2004, he instructed his men to seek cover as he ran toward it. The car exploded, killing Khan instantly. He was awarded the Bronze Star posthumously.

In 2005, The Post interviewed Khizr Khan. "They did not call him Captain Khan," he said of the men his son led. "They called him ’our captain.’"

"We are honored to stand here as the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan," the elder Khan said at the Democratic convention, "and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country." He spoke of his son’s dreams of becoming a military lawyer and how Hillary Clinton had referred to his son as "the best of America."

Then he focused his attention on Trump.

"If it was up to Donald Trump, [Humayun] never would have been in America," Khan said. "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country."

Keeping up with politics is easy now.
Father of Muslim soldier offers Trump his copy of the Constitution
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Muslim American Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun was killed while serving in the U.S. Army, offered Republican candidate Donald Trump his copy of the Constitution during a speech at the Democratic convention. (The Washington Post)

"Donald Trump," he said, "you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy." He pulled a copy of the Constitution from his pocket. "In this document, look for the words ’liberty’ and ’equal protection of law.’" Earlier this month, Trump promised Congressional Republicans that he would defend "Article XII" of the Constitution, which doesn’t exist.

"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities," Khan said.

"You have sacrificed nothing. And no one."

In Iowa, according to The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, Trump was talking about polls.

Photo: Khizr Khan pauses at the grave of his son Army Captain Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan who died while serving in Iraq at Arlington National Cemetery September 10, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)