He’s inspiring people on both sides of the aisle
More than ten years ago, Khizr and Ghazala Khan lost their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, after he was killed by a car bomb while fighting in the Iraq war. In a powerful speech delivered at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Khizr Khan relayed the story of this son’s sacrifice while criticizing Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and religious tolerance.
Trump has repeatedly claimed he’d enforce a ban on all Muslims attempting to immigrate to the United States. As a Muslim who immigrated from the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. when his son was two years old, Khan represents what it means to be an American. And as the father of a decorated veteran, his speech will likely be the most memorable argument against Trump yet.
“Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” he said to a captivated audience, “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Amid cheers and applause, he pulled out a pocket edition of the Constitution, adding, “I will gladly lend you my copy.”
With his wife standing tall by his side, Khan dug even deeper, condemning Trump’s warped view of an American demographic that has always been and should remain religiously and ethnically diverse. He said, “Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Back in December of last year, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech honoring Captain Humayun Khan’s service, saying, “If you want to see the best of America, you need look no further than Army Capt. Humayun Khan.”
It came full circle on Thursday when Clinton became the first woman to secure a Democratic presidential nomination and Mr. Khan echoed her powerful statement, saying to the thousands at the convention and millions watching from home, “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America.”
The significance of his words was not lost on conservatives either. Former Red State editor Erick Erickson, for example, tweeted a clip of the speech with his assessment, “If you are a Republican, you should watch this and be ashamed of what you have done.”
If Khan’s speech can inspire people from both sides of the aisle to embrace inclusivity, there may be hope for us yet.