'He Doesn't Know What Sacrifice Means': Captain Khan's Mom Owns Trump

Sameera Ehteram
Khizr Khan, father of late Army Capt. Humayun Khan, spoke about the heroism of his son, who sacrificed his life for his country while serving in Iraq in 2004.

One of the most poignant moments of the 2016 Democratic National Convention came on its final night when the father of a fallen American Muslim soldier took the stage to deliver the most dignified indictment of Donald Trump to date.

“Our son Humayun had dreams … of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Khizr Khan said, standing next to his wife. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’ If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”

He also called out Trump for smearing the name of Muslims and slammed his Nazi-style proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country and how the Republican presidential nominee insults other minorities and women.

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Trump’s reaction to the speech was as crass as expected. He spent the entire weekend attacking the parents of the late U.S. army captain. What’s more, he went as low as questioning the silence of Ghazala Khan, Hamayun’s mother, on the DNC stage, implying she wasn’t allowed to speak during the speech because she is Muslim.

People over the internet have been bashing Trump for his below the belt response.



Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney also responded:

Clinton herself criticized Trump’s rhetoric while traveling in Ashland, Ohio. According to her, his argument with Khizr and Ghazala Khan proved what she's been saying all along  he's "temperamentally unfit and unqualified" to be president of the United States. 

"Well, he called Mexicans rapists and criminals, he said a federal judge was unqualified because he had Mexican heritage, someone born in the neighboring state of Indiana. He called women pigs, he mocked a reporter with a disability," Clinton said. 

Her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, chimed in that he also "ridiculed a POW, John McCain."

"That's right,' Clinton agreed. "And I mean, any one of those things is so offensive, and then to launch an attack as he did on Captain Khan's mother, a Gold Star mother, who stood there on that stage with her husband honoring the sacrifice of their son,"Clinton continued.  

"I don't know where the bottom is," she said.

He did get a response from both the parents as well. “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,” Ghazala Khan wrote in The Washington Post.

“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,” she went on.

She went on to explain how as a parent, she didn’t want her son to get hurt and kept asking him to be careful and not be a "hero.”

His response according to her was, “Mom, these are my soldiers, these are my people. I have to take care of them.”

She then tackled Trump’s criticism of her silence, “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?

"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.”

Her husband, Khizr Khan, also responded to Trump’s rhetoric saying that he has a "black soul," and lacks empathy and compassion.

"He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country," Khan said. "The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief -- that our experience in this country has been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul."

"Two things are absolutely necessary in any leader or any person who aspires, wishes, to be a leader. That is moral compass and second is empathy," he added.

Trump’s VP candidate Mike Pence delivered a formal statement, which appeared as a conspicuous damage control attempt. Here’s how it went:

There was one glaring mistake in Pence’s "clarification":


But Trump, being Trump, isn’t seeing things that way. He feels victimized and therefore rightful in his attack: