The father of the Muslim American soldier killed in action in Iraq who famously criticized Donald Trump's call to halt Muslim immigration, has now challenged the Republican candidate to take the U.S.naturalization test.
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Khizr Khan, who spoke out against Trump at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month, has told the Huffington Post in an email, responding to a speech by Trump on Monday urging all visa applicants to pass an ideological test:
"I challenge Trump to take the naturalization test with me any day. His is demagoguery and pandering for vote. A divider like Trump can never be the steward of this country."
"This is my country, too. We must make it safe – as Muslim Americans it is our obligation to keep our country safe," Khan writes.
Khan immigrated from Pakistan in 1980. His son, Captain Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan was killed while fighting in Baqubah, Iraq in June 2004.
Trump's feud with the Khans is widely seen as fueling his downward spiral in opinion polls. Many Republicans have joined in the criticism of Trump's cold reaction to the emotional remarks of a parent of an American war hero.
The GOP candidate responded by criticizing the soldier's mother for not speaking herself at the convention, and an aide accused Khan of being a Muslim Brotherhood agent.
Joining Khan's invited to Trump to take the naturalization test, which involves a civics exam, is Senator Minority leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democratic.
In a statement on Monday, Reid called Trump "nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society."