Tonight we are honoured to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims – with undivided loyalty to our country.
Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy; that with hard work and goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.
We are blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.
Our son, Humayun, had dreams too, 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. 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. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities; women; judges; even his own party leadership.
He vows to build walls, and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you’re 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. [he pulls it out] In this document, look for the words ‘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. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
We cannot solve our problems by building walls, sowing division. We are stronger together. And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our President.
In conclusion, I ask every patriot American, all Muslim immigrants, and all immigrants to not take this election lightly.
This is a historic election, and I request to honour the sacrifice of my son – and on election day, take the time to get out and vote.
And vote for the healer. vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate, Hillary Clinton, not the divider. God bless you, thank you.
Update from USA Today: “Trump to fallen soldier’s father: ‘I’ve made a lot of sacrifices'”
Asked on ABC’s This Week to respond, Trump appeared to brush aside Khan’s comment, saying that the father “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.”
“Who wrote that?” Trump continued, referring to Khan’s six-minute remarks. “Did Hillary’s script writers write it? I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”
Pressed by Stephanopoulos to name the sacrifices he’d made for his country, Trump said: “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Later, Trump also said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
In a separate interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who also sought reaction on the Khan speech, replied: “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”
Ghazala Khan, who appeared with her husband Friday evening on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, said she declined to speak at the convention because she was afraid of being overcome emotionally in talking about her son.
She also recalled her reaction when Humayun Khan first told her he was shipping off to Iraq: “Don’t become (a) hero for me. Just be my son. Come back as a son,” she told him. “He came back as a hero.”
In a statement Saturday, Hillary Clinton said she was “very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son’s life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.”