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Khizr Khan, father of Muslim Iraq hero, says Trump 'sacrificed nothing' for US

PHILADELPHIA — The Muslim-immigrant father of a U.S. Army captain
killed in the Iraq War lashed out at Donald Trump, saying: "You have sacrificed nothing and no one" for the U.S.

Holding a Constitution while speaking on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan told the audience that "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims."

"He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy."

Khan's 27-year-old son, Humayun, was killed on June 8, 2004, after a bomb-packed taxi drove into a compound in Iraq while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty. Telling the soldiers to drop to the ground, he went to stop the car, when it exploded, killing him, two Iraqi civilians and the two suicide bombers.

At the time, he was the highest-ranked Pakistani-American soldier to die in Iraq, and was buried in Arlington with full military honors. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? 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," Khan said.

Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Khan implored the audience to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

"Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son 'the best of America.' If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America," Khan said.