Donald Trump Responds to Father of Fallen Muslim Soldier: "I've Made a Lot of Sacrifices"
The father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq criticized Trump during his DNC convention speech saying, "You have sacrificed nothing."
Donald Trump has responded to the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier who criticized him during his Democratic National Convention speech. Khizr Khan, the Pakistan-born father of the late Capt. Humayun Khan, spoke Thursday in Philadelphia where he addressed Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., diversity and his son's commitments which earned him a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004.
Khan addressed Trump during his speech, saying "Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing." Khan also questioned if Trump had ever read the Constitution and offered to lend him his copy.
In an interview on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Trump responded by saying, "Who wrote that? Did Hillary's [Clinton] scriptwriters write it? 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. I think I've done a lot."
Trump continued, saying that he thinks his "popularity with the vets is through the roof" and credited himself for helping to build the Vietnam memorial in downtown Manhattan and raising "millions of dollars" for veterans.
Trump also commented on Khan's wife, who was silent as she stood onstage with Khan during the convention. "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say," said Trump. "She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that."
Ghazala Khan said in an interview with MSNBC that she didn't speak because she was grieving over the loss of her son.
"First of all, I thank all America who listened from their heart to my husband's and my heart, and I'm so grateful for that," she said. And it was very nervous because I cannot see my son's picture, and I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are. That's why when I saw the picture at my back I couldn't take it, and I controlled myself at that time. So, it is very hard."