by Warner Todd Huston | July 31, 2016 4:05 pm
One of the only compelling speeches delivered during the entire Democrat convention in Philly was when the father of a fallen American soldier who was a Muslim came on stage and used his son’s death to attack Donald Trump. But as the father spoke, his wife stood silently beside him on stage. Now, after Trump criticized her silence, she is speaking out against Donald Trump in an op ed in the Washington Post.
After Khizr Khan spoke at the convention, Trump criticized his silent wife on ABC saying, “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.”
Ghazala Khan, whose son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004, didn’t say a word that night onstage at the convention, but now she is slamming Trump in the Post… well, an op ed carrying her name appears in the paper, anyway.
Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.
Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.×
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When Humayun was sent to Iraq, my husband and I worried about his safety. I had already been through one war, in Pakistan in 1965, when I was just a high school student. So I was very scared. You can sacrifice yourself, but you cannot take it that your kids will do this.
…Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.
When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.
Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.
So, what do you think? Is Ghazala Khan right that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism? Is she right that Trump went too far in criticism of her and her partisan husband?
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