The father of a Muslim-American soldier killed fighting for his country brought a powerful message to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night: If Donald Trump had his way, his son, Humayun S. M. Khan, would “never would have been in America.”
“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America,” Khizr Khan told delegates. “Donald Trump consistently smears the character Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership.”
The speech took an emotional turn when Khan addressed the GOP directly.
“Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” he said. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said, pulling out a pocket sized copy of the Constitution from his jacket to swelling cheers from the crowd. “Look for the word liberty and equal protection of law.”
“Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities,” Khan continued. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Khan went on to make a passionate appeal to all immigrants, Muslims and patriots to vote for Clinton.
“This is a historic election, and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son, and on election day, take the time to get out and vote,” he said. “Vote for the healer, vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate, Hillary Clinton, not the divider.”