Although Donald Trump lauded a Muslim U.S. soldier who sacrificed his life fighting in Iraq, he continued to chastise the man’s father for speaking out against him at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
When his actions backfired and even his own party criticized him for the comments he made about Humayun Khan’s family, Trump tried to backtrack and released a statement Saturday night honoring him.
“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorist who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country and do us further harm,” Trump said.
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.”
Khan’s father, Khizr Khan, immigrated from Pakistan and became a lawyer. When he spoke at the convention last week, he asked Trump if even read the constitution then questioned whether he ever made any sacrifices for the country he is trying to become president of.
After the speech, Trump attacked Khan and his wife, who was silently standing by his side while he spoke.
The Republican presidential nominee responded by claiming that he “made a lot of sacrifices” by working hard to create jobs then questioned why his wife didn’t say anything at the convention, hinting that she “wasn’t allowed” because she is Muslim.
This caused an uproar from both Democrats and Republicans.