Father of Deceased Muslim US Army Captain Tells Trump ‘You Have Sacrificed Nothing’

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
July 29, 2016 Updated: July 29, 2016

The father of a Muslim U.S. Army Captain, who was killed in action in Iraq, slammed Donald Trump during his powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Khan’s son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, died in 2004 trying to stop a suicide bombing. He saved his unit by telling them to stay back as he approached. Khan, 27, was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.

“If you want to see the best of America, you need to look no further than Army Captain Humayun Khan,” presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a video before Khan’s father took the stage.

“Captain Khan told his troops to get back, but he went forward. He took 10 steps toward the car until it exploded,” she said.

In one of the night’s most powerful moments, the elder Khan, along with his wife, both from Charlottesville, Virginia, took the stage to speak about their son and calling themselves patriotic American Muslims. 

“Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers,” said Khan.

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America,'” he said. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”

Khizr Khan, father of Humayun S. M. Khan  who was killed while serving in Iraq with the US Army, gestures as his wife looks on during the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Khizr Khan gestures as his wife looks on during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Timothy  A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump has previously said that he plans to ban Muslims from the country.

“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,” said Khan as the crowd booed at Trump’s ideas.

Khan then directly addressed Trump saying:

“Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law,” he said, taking out a copy of the constitution from his jacket as the crowd burst into cheers.

“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,” he said.

“You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan told Trump. “We cannot solve our problems by buildings walls or sowing division. We are stronger together.”

Khan then urged Americans, Muslim immigrants, and all immigrants to not take the election lightly. He asked people to honor the sacrifice of his son by voting for Clinton, a “healer” not a “divider.”

His speech was widely talked about on social media.

After his emotional speech, “register to vote” jumped as a Google search, according to WIRED’s Nate Goldman. 

Meanwhile, Fox News was criticized for cutting to commercials instead of airing Khan’s speech.