The father of a deceased Muslim U.S. soldier delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban (video below).
“Our son Humayun had dreams of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Khizr Khan, the father of Army Captain Humayun Khan, said during his July 28 convention speech, with his wife by his side. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’ If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”
Khan’s 27-year-old son Humayun was killed by a suicide bomber in Baquba, Iraq, in 2004 when he ran towards a vehicle loaded with explosives that was approaching his camp’s location, the Independent reports. His Muslim family immigrated to the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates.
"Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims," Khan said in his speech. "He disrespects other minorities; women; judges; even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”
Trump has stated that he wants a wall built across the U.S.-Mexico border and that Muslims should be temporarily banned from entering the country.
Earlier this month, he expressed interest in expanding the Muslim ban to territories, not just people, MSNBC reported.
“I live with our Constitution," Trump said. "I love our Constitution. I cherish our Constitution. We’re making it territorial."
Khan had a response to Trump’s use of the Constitution to back his plan.
"Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?" Khan said during his speech, as he pulled out a pocket-size copy of the document. "I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, look for the words, liberty and equal protection [under] law.”
“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?" he said. "Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending United States of America. You’ll see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing. And no one.”
Khan reiterated that walls and division will not solve the country’s problems.
“We are stronger together,” he said.
Khan said that he and his wife stood on the convention’s stage “as patriotic American Muslims [with] undivided loyalty to our country.”