Bereaved Father of U.S. Muslim Soldier on Trump: He Has a Dark Heart

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Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, and his wife Ghazala appear at the DNC in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.
Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, and his wife Ghazala appear at the DNC in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, AP

The father of an American Muslim soldier killed in Iraq who made headlines following his appearance at the Democratic National Convention blasted Trump for his attack on his family.

"Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect [a] Gold Star family and Gold Star mother, not realizing her pain," Khizr Khan told ABC News on Saturday.

Khan was referring to Trump's suggestion that his wife, Ghazala, who stood next to him onstage while he addressed the convention, didn’t speak because he wouldn’t allow it.

"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," Trump said in an interview with ABC's This Week.

"Shame on him! Shame on his family!" Khan said. "He is not worthy of our comments. He has no decency. He is void of decency. He has a dark heart."

Ghazala Khan, meanwhile, told ABC that "I don't know what type of Islam he has read or heard. I'm so sorry about that, that he has not had any idea what the Islam is."

At the convention, Khan said that the Republican presidential nominee had "sacrificed nothing and no one." He attacked Trump for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, asking if the candidate had read the U.S. Constitution, before pulling out a pocket-copy from the inside of his suit coat in one of the most commented moments on the night that Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination for president. 

Trump responded to the charges by saying that "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."

"Sacrifice, I don't think he knows the meaning of the sacrifice, meaning of the word," Ghazala Khan said.

"Because when I was standing there all America felt my pain, without saying a single word. Everybody felt that pain, but I don't know how he missed that."

Meanwhile, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine expressed shock that the GOP nominee would attack Ghazala Khan for not speaking during her husband's address to the Democratic convention.

"He was kind of trying to turn that into some kind of ridicule," Kaine said after a campaign event in Pittsburgh. "It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness. If you don't have any more sense of empathy than that, then I'm not sure you can learn it."

Former President Bill Clinton, who joined his wife and Kaine at the event, agreed: "I cannot conceive how you can say that about a Gold Star mother."

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