One of the most important and riveting moments of the 2016 Democratic National Convention came on its final night on Thursday, when the father of a fallen American Muslim soldier took the stage to deliver the most dignified indictment of Donald Trump to date.
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. The 26-year-soldier, born in the UAE, was killed in action when he kept on walking toward a car laden with hundreds of pounds of explosives. He had ordered his unit to halt, his selflessness saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.
“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,” Khan told the convention, 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.”
Painting a portrait of patriotism, bravery and sacrifice, Khan called out the Republican presidential nominee for smearing the name of Muslims and slammed his Nazi-style proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country.
He also highlighted how Trump insults other monitories, women and even his own party leadership.
However, the finest part from his speech came when he issued a challenge to the hate-mongering White House hopeful.
“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said, pulling out a pocket Constitution. “In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.”
He did not stop there.
“Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending [the] United States of America,” he said to a thundering applause. “You’ll see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Khan's message, a stark contrast to the hate Trump and his supporters have been spewing, resonated well with both the audience and social media users. Here is what Twitter users had to say about the emotional address.
As soon as Khizr Khan finished his speech, "register to vote" spiked as a Google search. pic.twitter.com/0HZbBuCWwR— Nate Goldman (@NateGoldman) July 29, 2016
@RalstonReports I though Khizr Khan was the moment of the convention. It took my breath away.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 29, 2016
Going after Muslims again after that Khizr Khan speech is just so tone-deaf https://t.co/QvmuZtEg6P— nilay patel (@reckless) July 29, 2016
I swear Khizr Khan made me cry. Finally, someone who expressed how I feel.— Wunps (@wunpini_fm) July 29, 2016
The Khizr Khan speech is just going to enrage Trumpkins because somewhere inside, it made them ashamed.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 29, 2016
Because I sure am honored to share a country with Khizr Khan.pic.twitter.com/F8wSrdJa10— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 29, 2016
Wow. Khizr Khan's speech might be the most important speech of this whole convention. #DNCinPHL— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 29, 2016
"You have sacrificed NOTHING." -- Khizr Khan, who's son was killed in action, addressing Donald Trump.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 29, 2016
And now Khizr Khan, father of a true American hero. I'm gonna be weepy. Such a spirit of love and inclusiveness.— josh groban (@joshgroban) July 29, 2016
Watch Khizr Khan’s speech, which received a standing ovation from the convention crowd, in the video above.