A father of a Muslim American soldier who died in Iraq laid a question before Donald Trump: Have you read the Constitution?
At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, to loud ovations, Pakistan-born Khizr Khan strongly blasted the billionaire businessman, claiming that if Trump were left to his devices, his son would never have been American or served in the military.
In comparison to Hilary Clinton, Khan said she “called my son the best of America”.
The gathering marked the Democrats’ most recent effort to highlight their diversity and criticize Trump’s most contentious plans. Other than his suggestions for a wall across Mexico, Trump has proposed to ban Muslims from entering the United States, should he become president.
Captain Humayun Khan died in 2004, at the age of 27, when a car loaded with explosives blew up in his compound.
Khizr Khan, in honor of his son, brandished a copy of the Constitution and offered to lend it to Trump.
Standing next to his wife, waving the document vehemently, he said, “Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’.”
“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?” he then asked. “Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing.”
Having moved to the US in 1980, Khan claimed that he and his wife were “patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.”
“Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty handed,” he said, with the firm belief that with hard work he could raise his three sons “in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams”.
Khan was of the opinion that Trump was destroying that ideal with his jabs at Muslims, women, judges and other groups. He advised Muslims, immigrants and patriots in general “to not take this election lightly“.
“Vote for the healer,” Khan said, “not the divider”