Khizr Khan, the father of U.S. captain killed in Iraq criticized Donald Trump for his comments that Khan’s wife was “not allowed” to give her opinion at the Democratic party’s National Convention.
“Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect [a] Gold Star family and Gold Star mother, not realizing her pain,” Khizr Khan told ABC News in an interview yesterday.
“Shame on him! Shame on his family!” Khan said. “He is not worthy of our comments. He has no decency. He is void of decency. He has a dark heart,” Khan said.
Talking to ABC on its regular programme “This Week,” to be broadcast on Sunday Trump made some comments implying that Ghazala Khan, mother of the slain captain “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say” at the Democratic convention.
Humayun Khan, who served as a captain in Iraq was killed while trying to save the lives of many soldiers. Khizr Khan made a scathing attack on Trump at the venue, asking if Trump had ever read the U.S. constitution, adding he will give his personal copy to the Republican candidate.
He alleged Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one.” Ghazala Khan later told ABC News she didn’t speak at the convention as she was anxious.
“Sacrifice — I don’t think he knows the meaning of the sacrifice, meaning of the word,” . “Because when I was standing there all America felt my pain, without saying a single word. Everybody felt that pain, but I don’t know how he missed that.”
Trump reacted on the issue later in an interview.
“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, but plenty of people have written that she was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say,” Trump said.
Reiterating his contributions to US , Trump said, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Meanwhile, in an attempt to control the damage, Trump’s campaigners issued an official statement from Trump on Saturday.
“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe,” he said.
Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our “leaders” to eradicate it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2016
“The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible,” Trump added.
However, Trump didn’t spare the father of the slain Captain, saying that Khizr Khan said “many inaccurate things.”
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things,” said the candidate.