Khizr Khan penned an emotional tribute to his son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who died serving his country in 2004. Watch the full speech from the Democratic National Convention below:
As American Muslims, Khizr Khan said like many other immigrants, they came to America with the hope he and his wife Ghazala Khan could raise their sons “in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.” Khizr Khan’s middle son Humayun sacrificed his life to protect his fellow soldiers and defend his country, he addressed.
In 2015, Republican presidential candidate Trump officially announced a proposed ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. under his presidency.
The defining moment of the convention was when Khizr Khan asked Trump, “Have you even read the United States Constitution?” Khan and his wife were greeted with thunderous applause. Khizr Khan proceeded to then take out his pocket book Constitution, waving it in the air and highlighting the basic tenets of democracy. “I will gladly lend you a copy,” Khizr Khan said with confidence (possibly the most desi uncle moment that seriously brought us to tears). After Khan’s powerful speech, people took to Google to search information about voter registration.
Trump took to criticize Khizr Khan’s wife, Ghazala Khan, telling ABC News, “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.”
Khizr Khan’s wife Ghazala Khan responded to Trump’s condescending and inflammatory remarks today in a column for the Washington Post. She recalls the last conversation she had with her son and the constant reminders of her loss which have paralyzed her family and countless others.
“I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”
She mentioned in an interview with ABC News that she remained silent when she went on stage with her husband at the DNC because she was in pain. Her silence, in many ways, speaks volumes of her courage. She is a grieving mother who, 12 years after the passing of her son, still cannot look at pictures of her son or talk about what happened because it is too painful. For Trump not to understand that is beyond insulting.