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Khizr Khan to Trump: ‘Have you ever read the U.S. Constitution?’

At the DNC, the father of Muslim-American killed in Iraq offered a strong condemnation of Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims


 
Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up his copy the United State Constitution as he speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up his copy the United State Constitution as he speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WASHINGTON _ The father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq posed a question to Donald Trump: Have you read the Constitution?

To rapturous cheers, Pakistan-born Khizr Khan fiercely attacked the billionaire businessman Thursday at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, saying that if it were up to Trump, his son never would have been American or served in the military.

Khan said that Hillary Clinton, by contrast, “called my son the best of America.”

The address was the latest effort by Democrats to highlight their diversity and criticize Trump’s most contentious plans. Beyond his proposed wall across Mexico, the billionaire businessman has threatened to ban Muslims from entering the United States if he becomes president.

Capt. Humayun Khan died in 2004 when a car loaded with explosives blew up at his compound. He was 27.

Honouring his son, Khizr Khan pulled a copy of the Constitution out of his suit pocket and offered to lend it to Trump.

“Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,”’ he said standing next to his wife, waving the paperback document vigorously.

“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?” he then asked. “Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing.”

Khan, who moved to the U.S. in 1980, said he and his wife were “patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.”

“Like many immigrants, we came to this country emptyhanded,” he said, believing that with hard work he could raise his three sons “in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams.”

Trump, Khan argued, was imperiling that ideal with his smears of Muslims, women, judges and other groups.

He urged Muslims, immigrants and all patriots to “to not take this election lightly.”

“Vote for the healer,” Khan said, “not the divider.”


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Khizr Khan to Trump: ‘Have you ever read the U.S. Constitution?’

  1. Actually- The US Constitution also expressly permits the US federal government the right to bar entry to any individual from entering the United States for any reason, including those people thought to hold specific political beliefs. Members of foreign Communist parties, for example, were barred from entry for decades. As Islam is a political ideology, a federal government that bars Islamic adherents from immigrating or even entering into the USA would simply be doing so under Article 4 of the US Constitution, and with a large body of legal precedent to back it up.
    Trump has never said that American citizens who are Muslims would be stripped of their rights. Nor has he ever said that non-citizen legal immigrant Muslims should or would be deported. He has merely suggested that immigration from Islamic countries needs to be re-thought. In view of the fact that millions of European Muslims have refused to integrate into mainstream European society, even after living there for decades, suggests that there is a serious problem within Islamic culture when it comes to integrating western values and practices.
    The purpose of immigration is to build a better country. If, as the European example shows, that large scale Islamic immigration creates far more social and economic problems than it solves, then it is the responsibility of the leadership to keep such immigration down. As the US Constitution does not apply to those outside of the USA, the points trying to be made by the Democrats, the speaker and the author above are complete fabrications.

    • This is exactly right Bill. The US Constitution doesn’t apply to non US citizens. Not sure what this guy’s issue is in understanding that. Word of advice to Mr. Khan: before you question if someone else has read the Constitution, you might want to actually read it yourself before you make a jackass of yourself in front of millions of people.

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