Trump a black soul, says fallen sol­dier’s dad

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Don­ald Trump is en­gaged in a war of words with the par­ents of a fallen Mus­lim Amer­i­can sol­dier.

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