Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004, offered biting criticism of Donald Trump at the DNC, asking “Have you even read the United States Constitution?” Photo: Getty Images
THE father of a US Army captain killed in Iraq has lashed out at Donald Trump for saying his son would still be alive if the Republican had been president in 2004.
Trump said during Sunday’s debate that “American hero” Humayun Khan, would still be alive if he was president of the United States.
But the comment didn’t go down well with the fallen soldier’s father who said the comments were clueless.
Interviewed on CNN, Khizr Khan said Trump spoke out of “blatant political expediency” and showed no understanding of the pain of military families who lost loved ones in Iraq.
“For this candidate to put his political expediency ahead of any realisation of pain and suffering of the families is shameful,” he said to CNN.
“I was saddened all over again that this candidate lacks the character, lacks the ability to understand the pain of those that have sacrificed their lives in defense of this country.”
Mr Khan made global headlines after giving a speech to the Democratic National Convention in July which detailed his son’s military service and slammed Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
Trump later attacked the lawyer and his wife, drawing harsh criticism from veterans.
Ghazala Khan stood beside her husband when he appeared before the Democratic convention with a tribute to their fallen son that ended with a rebuke that Trump had “sacrificed nothing” for his country.
The billionaire later insisted he had made “a lot of sacrifices”, while suggesting that Mrs Khan was not allowed to speak by her husband and said: “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”
Mrs Khan said she was too heartbroken to speak about her son who was killed in a roadside explosion at a military compound in Iraq in 2004.
“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,” she wrote in an open letter to The Washington Post.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly cited Trump’s comments about the Khan family as evidence that he lacks the temperament to be president.
— with staff writers
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