Khizr Khan: Republican Leaders Have ‘Moral Obligation’ To Repudiate Trump

CREDIT: CNN SCREENGRAB
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Khizr Khan is the father of Humyun Khan, a Muslim U.S. Army Captain who was killed in Iraq while heroically protecting his men from an attack on their compound. His emotional anti-Donald Trump speech at the DNC will go down as one of the convention’s most memorable moments. But Trump’s response to the speech made matters worse — instead of simply acknowledging Humyun’s heroism and the Khan family’s loss, he went after Khan’s wife, insinuating that her Muslim faith forbade her from contributing to her husband’s remarks.

Asked for his response to Trump smearing his family during a CNN interview on Sunday, Khizr said it’s time for leading Republicans to repudiate their party’s presidential nominee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have a “moral, ethical obligation to not worry about the votes but repudiate [Trump], withdraw the support,” Khan said.

Paul Ryan Endorses Trump Hours After Promising To Speak Out Against IslamophobiaPolitics by CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) hosted a meeting with the…thinkprogress.org“If they do not I will continue to speak,” Khan continued. “I have received tremendous support from Republicans saying to me that they have never voted for the Democrats, [but] this year they are not going to vote Republican because of this candidate.”

During his DNC speech, Khizr appeared onstage with his wife Ghazala and asked whether Trump has “even read the United States Constitution.”

“I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said, pulling a pocket-size constitution from his jacket. “In the document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’”

Responding to Khizr’s speech during an ABC interview, Trump went after Ghazala, suggesting she didn’t say anything during Khizr’s speech because of her Muslim faith.

“His wife, if you look at this wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say,” Trump said. “She probably — maybe — she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me, but plenty of people have written that.”

In an op-ed published by the Washington Post on Sunday, Ghazala explained why she didn’t speak: “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.”

“Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself,” she continued. “What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”

Trump, meanwhile, defended himself on Twitter by trying to change the topic and falsely suggesting he opposed the invasion of Iraq from the beginning.

During the CNN interview, Khizr rejected Trump’s conflation of Muslims and terrorists.

“Muslims hate the menace of terrorism as much as any other [group],” he said. “It is our duty to keep this country — our country, beautiful country — safe. We have always thought that way, we will continue to do our part.”