How Trump responded to parents of slain Muslim soldier

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at the media as he speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTSKBMW
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at the media as he speaks at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri – RTSKBMW

{REDIFF Online} – Donald Trump lashed out at the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier on Sunday over remarks that the Republican presidential nominee has ‘sacrificed nothing’ for the country, saying he created thousands of jobs and questioned whether his wife was even ‘allowed’ to speak.

Trump’s comments to a news channel about the parents of Captain Humayun Khan drew swift criticism, including from his own party and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

‘Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?’ Trump said in an interview with ABC News. ‘I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.’

Humayun’s father Khizr Khan, in a moving tribute to his son at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, while posthumously receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004, stunned a national audience with a speech directly confronting Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United Sates.

He asked the 70-year-old real estate tycoon to ‘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.”

Maintaining that he has made a lot of sacrifices, Trump said, “I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures,” he said. “Sure those are sacrifices.”

“I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof,” he claimed.

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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.