Election 2016

Fallen Muslim Soldier’s Father Offers Trump a Copy of the Constitution

In case you missed it last night, this may have been one of the most important and iconic speeches anyone has ever given at a political convention or anywhere else.

Khizr Khan, the father of fallen army Captain Humayun Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night where he directly addressed Donald Trump’s bigotry and even pulled out a pocket copy of the Constitution.

“Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. Look for the word liberty and equal protection of law.”

Republicans regularly refer to the alleged existence of their own pocket copies of the Constitution, but if they actually do have one they certainly don’t appreciate the words or live by its example.

  • muselet

    Righteous anger from a man who lost his son 12 years ago, a man who is still heartsick, a man who bluntly made a dare to Donald Trump:

    Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America.

    If Trump were capable of shame, those two sentences would have landed like body blows.

    –alopecia

  • I was so moved by Mr. Khan. I felt so bad for them…you can tell they weren’t very comfortable, especially Mrs. Khan, but they felt so compelled to stand up and say their piece. Bless them.

    • JMAshby

      When he held up his copy of the Constitution, his hand was trembling. I don’t know if he was sad, angry, or afraid. Maybe a combination of all three. We should all feel that way.

  • gescove

    Agree with @Aynwrong:disqus and @Badgerite:disqus — an amazingly moving and powerful moment. I replayed it today and was moved to tears… again. This unassuming man – an immigrant, a Muslim, a proud father, and a true patriot – gave us all a concise master class in what it means to be an American.

    • Aynwrong

      I thought I was numb to actually feeling good things from the political realm. But this trancended the political didn’t it? I watched in a kind of awed silence.

  • Badgerite

    This man’s speech was the most powerful thing I have seen this election cycle. To me, this is what America means. We are one people. And what makes us one people is not where we come from or what religion we believe in, for we come from everywhere and believe in what our hearts and minds tell us is true, it is that we all commit to each other and to the Constitution of the United States “”our lives, our fortunes and our most sacred honor.” I, myself, have “figured out” a few things. And one of those things is that Donald J. Trump is not even fit to breath the same air as this man and his wife. Let alone occupy the office of President of the United States.

  • Aynwrong

    This was one of the most compelling moments I’ve ever seen in American politics. Honoring the bravery of a fallen soldier as a way of defending the civil liberties of us all.

    And just to point out, at the Democratic convention the parents of a fallen soldier stood on a stage to honor their son and ask the nation to honor him with them. At the Republican convention the mother of a fallen soldier stood on a stage so that she and her entire party could accuse Hillary Clinton of murder.

    The difference between these two parties is staggering.