Father of fallen Muslim-American soldier berates Donald Trump from mosque

Speaking to the AP after his speech, Khizr Khan said the mosque was an appropriate place to stump for Hillary Clinton.

By: AP | Norfolk | Published: October 27, 2016 8:25 am
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Khizr Khan, a Muslim-American whose son was killed in Iraq, held back tears Wednesday as he again took on Donald Trump, saying the Republican presidential nominee is peddling hate and no less than the “future of the earth” is at stake in the Nov. 8 election. “There comes a time in an ordinary citizen’s life where you have to gather all the courage you have and you stand up and speak against tyranny and speak against un-American hate,” Khan said in a reference to Trump’s stance on immigration, which has ranged from a complete ban on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States to “extreme” vetting and an ideological test for would-be immigrants from countries and regions plagued by extremism.

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“This hate,” Khan said at the Masjid William Salaam mosque, “is un-American.” Trump fired back with a familiar refrain, telling ABC News that Khan’s son, who died in Iraq trying to protect his unit from a suicide bomber, would still be alive had Trump been president in 2004 instead of Republican George W. Bush. “I wouldn’t have been in Iraq,” Trump said, once again falsely insisting he was opposed to the Iraq War before it started. “Had I been president, Capt. Khan would be alive today.”

Fumed Khan, “This is the most cruel thing you can say to grieving parents.” Khan first gained national attention from the podium of the Democratic National Convention when he paid homage to his son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004. Khan held up his pocket-sized Constitution and said Trump has sacrificed “nothing.” The elder Khan’s Norfolk visit comes after a new Hillary Clinton campaign ad that features him tearfully discussing his son’s death. The campaign said last week that it would air the ad in seven battleground states.

Trump won most of the southeastern cities and counties along the James River in Virginia’s March 1 Republican primary. And a survey of the nation’s service members conducted last month by the Military Times and Syracuse University showed Trump slightly leading Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, 37.6 percent to 36.5 percent. Clinton had 16.3 percent of their support. Trina Phillips, chair of Military Spouses for Trump, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that her candidate has widespread support.

“I think the Khans have come out and used their Muslim background as a weapon to make him seem more prejudiced against them,” said Phillips, 46, who lives in nearby Newport News with her husband, an air traffic controller in the Air Force. “They’re also using the death of their child as a weapon,” she said. “And that’s not very fair.”

But Khayriyyah Azeez, 63, a retired nurse from Norfolk, said she sees support for Clinton. Her son, Kasib Azeez, is a Navy sailor who prayed with Khan at the mosque after Wednesday’s speech. “It’s easy to fall for some of the stuff Trump says,” Azeez said. “But when I speak to my son, most of the young people (in the military) are voting for Hillary.”

Speaking to the AP after his speech, Khan said the mosque was an appropriate place to stump for Clinton. “Somehow it has gotten into our minds that places of worship should not be included in your political conversation. Not at all,” he said. “This election is a crossroad election for the future of this country.”

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  1. A
    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:21 am
    Trump could be a disaster to America. America’s power ends in the world instead more powers emerging like China, Russia even India also have its role in international politics. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Almost Arab countries ruined due to sectarian fight, terrorism and Americas interference in those countries like Iraq which was a spearhead for ISIS origination and devastation.lt;br/gt;Russia acting wisely, both national interest and international spirit holding in their fights. America is neither a man nor a women. They dance only for their wish. Arabic leaders are fools, so time will take for a better solution. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If peace prevails in those countries and areas America will not be a world power more now.
    1. J
      J. Anwaar
      Oct 27, 2016 at 3:43 am
      A immigrant giving lectures on tolerance to Americans. Khan should be asked what he thinks of the consution that bans non-Muslims from becoming President or Prime Minister.
      1. M
        Oct 27, 2016 at 4:11 am
        all non-muz eliminated from Pak. Shutdown all devil worship places in USA. Check character of all who claim revelation from Devil ! So not read Narok book.
        1. Mohsin Shaikh
          Oct 27, 2016 at 6:40 am
          In india people are really good. Leaders/politicians are trouble. Trump is just trying to use the policical situation in India as his support from American Indians. I hop people understand what kind of leader they want.
          1. R
            Oct 27, 2016 at 4:00 am
            So you want reservation for these positions? I have no doubt that India is vibrant democracy, where the leaders are democratically elected and not based on their religion or cast...!!!
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