Trump draws global criticism for comments over slain Muslim soldier’s family

MASS1{BNN Online/ PHILADELPHIA, U.S.} – The Republican presidential nominee strikes again. Donald’s Trump’s defensive comments against a Pakistani-American father, is being heavily criticised across the U.S. media and the world.

Khizr Khan, the father of the late U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in the Iraq War, delivered an emotional speech with his wife by his side during the Democratic National Convention. He criticised Trump saying he “consistently smears the character of Muslims” and condemned his suggestion to ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. citing that it would prevent patriotic Muslim-Americans from serving the country. Khan also said that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.”

In his reply to Khan’s speech, Trump, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, 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.”

The Republican presidential nominee suggested that Khan’s wife did not speak as she was forbidden because of her Muslim faith.

He further rebutted Khan’s speech saying that he made sacrifices as a businessman, has worked very hard and has created “thousands and thousands of jobs.” He also suggested that Clinton’s campaign may have written his speech.

Ghazala Khan on Friday explained to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnel that she was overwhelmed by grief and was anxious during her husband’s speech, as her son’s photo would be projected behind them.

“I was very nervous because I cannot see my son’s picture and I cannot even come in the room where his pictures are, and that’s why when I saw the picture on my back, I couldn’t take it. And I controlled myself at that time, so it is very hard,” she said.

Khizr Khan added that his wife “was the strength that I could hold my composure. I am much weaker than she is in such matters.”

Following Trump’s response to Khan and his wife, the social media and members of the public heavily criticised the presidential nominee for being “inhuman” and “despicable.”

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hopper said, “It is really despicable that anyone, let alone a presidential candidate, would choose to dishonour the service of an American who gave his life for this nation.” He added that Khan’s wife “was obviously there to support her husband who was offering what many people believe was the most impactful speech of the entire convention.”

In a statement issued on Saturday morning, Hillary Clinton defended Khan’s silence at the DNC.

She said, “I was very moved to see Ghazal 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. This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans, and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country. And this is a time to honour the sacrifice of Captain Khan and all the fallen. Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.