Many of the Hillary Clinton Supporters watching the Democratic National Convention were overjoyed by the speech give by a father who had lost his son in Iraq. Khizr Khan is the father of an American soldier killed in Iraq, and he is also a Muslim. His criticism of Donald Trump was one of the more poignant and brutal beatings the republican nominee received during the DNC. And now Trump has had some time to respond.
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Check out the video, if you haven’t already–even if you are a rabid Trump supporter. It pays to be informed.
Khan, with his wife, Ghazala standing beside him, suggested that Trump should actually read the Constitution. He noted that his son, also a Muslim, had given his life for America. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said to Trump.
After, Trump’s spoke to the New York Times’ reporter Maureen Dowd. “I’d like to hear his wife say something,” he said.
The implication here is that she was silent becasue that’s the role Muslim women are forced to take. He expanded his view in a follow-up with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
“I saw him. He was very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife … 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,” Trump said. “But a plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet and it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that.”
Stephanopoulos asked Trump pointedly about what he’s sacrificed. “He says, ‘You have sacrificed nothing and no one’.”
“Who wrote that, did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it?” Trump replied.
“How would you answer that father,” Stephanopoulos pressed. “What sacrifice have you made?”
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump said. “I’ve worked very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs …”
“Those are sacrifices?” Stephanopoulos asked.”Sure. I think they’re sacrifices. I think when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things,” Trump said. “Even the military. I mean, I was very responsible along with a group of people for getting the Vietnam Memorial built in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.””I raised and I have raised millions of dollars for the vets,” he added.
For her part, Ghazala was silent at the DNC speech–but she has not been silent since.
“First of all,” Ghazala said in an interview with MSNBC, “I thank all America who listened from their hearts to my husband’s and my heart, and I’m so grateful for that. It was very nervous because I cannot see my son’s picture, and I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are. That’s why when I saw the picture at my back I couldn’t take it, and I controlled myself at that time. So, it is very hard.”