Trump hits back at dead soldier’s dad
DONALD Trump hit back at accusations from the father of a dead Muslim US soldier that the billionaire has “sacrificed nothing” for his country, saying he had employed thousands of people.
Khizr Khan – whose son died in Iraq – had accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying American-Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic National Convention on July 28.
“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America,” Mr Khan said to Mr Trump.
“You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Mr Trump brushed off Mr Khan’s words in an interview with ABC News, stating that he thinks he has made “a lot of sacrifices”.
“I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
The brash billionaire has alienated many Americans with insults against immigrants, Muslims and women during his nomination campaign.
Among his more controversial policy positions has been his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States and suggestions he would back profiling them.
Mr Trump also questioned whether his rival, Hillary Clinton, had been behind Mr Khan’s address, which the father said he wrote with his wife Ghazala.
“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it?” Mr Trump said in the interview, which aired in full yesterday.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say,” Mr Trump said, adding that “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say”.
Ms Clinton released a statement defending the Khans as “the best of America”. –
Khizr Khan, father of deceased soldier Humayun SM Khan, has accused Donald Trump of vilifying AmericanMuslims.