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‘You have sacrificed nothing,’ father of fallen Muslim soldier tells Trump

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, and his wife, Ghazala.
Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, and his wife, Ghazala. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The father of a fallen Muslim soldier gave a powerful speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday, denouncing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on the convention’s final night.

“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims,” said Khizr Kan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004.

His voice often full of emotion, Khan asked if Trump had ever read the US Constitution.

“I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said, pulling a small booklet from his jacket pocket and holding it up.

“In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,’” he said.

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Khan questioned whether Trump understood the sacrifices fallen soldiers have made to the country.

“Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery?” Khan said. “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,” he said.


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.