Hillary Clinton’s new campaign ad features the father of a fallen soldier — and it’s a major tear-jerker.
Khizr Khan lost his son, Captain Humayun Khan, after halting a suicide bomber in Iraq. It’s been 12 years since the fatality, and now Khan is using his son’s death as a powerful political platform. In July, Khan gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America,” he said at the convention. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.”
Trump’s changing policies on Muslims in the United States have ranged from proposing to ban the religious group from entering the U.S. to the promise of “extreme” vetting for future Muslim immigrants.
In Clinton’s ad, Khan explains the context of Humayun’s death and then, addressing Trump, asks “Would my son have a place in your America?”
In truth, the answer is likely grim. Trump openly criticized Khan's wife after the Democratic National Convention, citing Islam as the reason for her silence rather than her obvious grief. Trump may be dialing back his anti-Muslim rhetoric in recent speeches, but his racism is (and always will be) ever-present.