Trump a black soul, says fallen soldier’s dad
THE father of a fallen Muslim American soldier assailed Donald Trump as a “black soul” in an impassioned exchange with the Republican presidential candidate over the qualities required in a United States leader.
Khizr Khan electrified the Democratic convention last week with a tribute to his son, who was killed in Iraq, that ended with a steely rebuke that Mr Trump had “sacrificed nothing” for his country.
Mr Trump defended himself in an interview with ABC’s This Week, insisting he had made “a lot of sacrifices” while suggesting that Mr Khan’s wife, who stood silent on the convention stage as her husband spoke, had not been allowed to talk.
But Mr Khan shot back in interviews on US television news shows, while his wife, Ghazala, explained in a Washington Post opinion piece that she had been too grief-stricken to speak.
“Without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain,” she wrote. “Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”
Their son, US army captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a roadside explosion.
Mr Khan, speaking on CNN, accused Mr Trump of lacking the moral compass and empathy needed to be the country’s leader.
“He is a black soul. And this is totally unfit for the leadership of this beautiful country,” Mr Khan said.
Mr Trump has courted controversy and sparked outrage during his drive for the US presidency with disparaging remarks against immigrants, Muslims and women. –
Donald Trump is engaged in a war of words with the parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier.