Fa­ther of slain Mus­lim soldier to Trump: ‘Have you even read the Con­sti­tu­tion?’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

The fa­ther of a Mus­lim U.S. soldier who died in com­bat re­buked Don­ald Trump for his pro­posal to ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the coun­try in a dra­matic mo­ment at the Demo­crat Na­tional Con­ven­tion on Thurs­day night.

Khizr Khan, the fa­ther of Hu­mayun S. M. Khan, of­fered a blis­ter­ing cri­tique of Trump’s rhetoric to­ward Mus­lims.

“Don­ald Trump con­sis­tently smears the char­ac­ter of Mus­lims,” Khan said. “He dis­re­spects mi­nori­ties and women, judges, even his own party lead­er­ship. He vows to build walls and ban us from this coun­try. Don­ald Trump, you’re ask­ing us to trust you with our fu­ture. Let me ask you. Have you even read the United States con­sti­tu­tion?”

Khan pulled a pocket-sized copy of the Con­sti­tu­tion from his jacket. “I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said to huge ap­plause.

“Have you ever been to Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery?,” he con­tin­ued. “Go look at the graves of the brave pa­tri­ots who died de­fend­ing Amer­ica. You will see all faiths, gen­ders, and eth­nic­i­ties. You have sac­ri­ficed noth­ing and no one. We can’t solve our prob­lems by build­ing walls and sow­ing di­vi­sion.”

Ear­lier in the day, Demo­cratic law­mak­ers ral­lied Mus­lim del­e­gates against Trump at a meet­ing in Phil­a­del­phia. The na­tion’s first elected Mus­lim mem­ber of Congress, Rep. Keith El­li­son (D-Minn.), en­cour­aged Mus­lims to set up voter reg­is­tra­tion booths at mosques and en­cour­aged Mus­lims to run for of­fice.

Trump has pro­posed a tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the United States to com­bat ter­ror­ism, though he now says the ban would fo­cus on coun­tries that are hot­beds of rad­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues to of­fend some while still re­ceivng sup­port from oth­ers.

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