Khan Responds To The Latest From Trump: ‘Typical Of A Person Without A Soul’

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Two days after delivering one of the most memorable speeches of the 2016 campaign season – a moment one commentator described as the ‘fulcrum’ of the election – Khizr Khan was checking into a District of Columbia hotel, preparing for television appearances Sunday morning and still trying to come to grips with the sudden spotlight.

“I was in line, and a group of people gathered behind me and one of them said, ‘Sir, can we shake your hand?'” Khan said in a phone interview from his hotel room in Washington late Motzoei Shabbos.

Khan was still overwhelmed by the response to his speech. He had paid tribute to his son Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004, and had asked Donald Trump whether he had ever read the U.S. Constitution or visited Arlington National Cemetery. All of it had amounted to the most direct and personal challenge so far to the GOP presidential nominee’s rhetoric concerning Muslim immigrants in America.

Khan said it is the massive response to his speech, not the speech itself, that is “causing the trouble to Trump.”

“They begin to see this person who can hardly speak correct English, who has an accent – and they are saying, ‘How dare he say something of that profound nature?’ Not profound in their eyes, but profound in how many people have responded,” said Khan, a Harvard-trained lawyer who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a series of statements Friday and Saturday, Trump responded to Khan’s speech, first telling the New York Times that he wondered whether Khan’s wife, who stood silently by his side as he spoke, was “allowed” to speak, a response that drew widespread, bipartisan condemnation. In a written statement later Saturday, Trump – who has proposed suspending Muslim immigration to the U.S. – elaborated that Khan’s son, who was posthumously awarded a Gold Star and Purple Heart, was a “hero” who should be “honored.” He went on to say that “the real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm.”

Responding to Trump’s latest statement, Khan said, “This is faked empathy.”

“What he said originally – that defines him . . . People are upset with him. He realizes, and his advisers feel that [his original statement] was a stupid mistake. That proves that this person is void of empathy. He is unfit for the stewardship of this great country. You think he will empathize with this country, with the suffering of this country’s poor people? He showed his true colors when he disrespected this country’s most honorable mother. . . all the snake oil he is selling, and my patriotic, decent Americans are falling for that. Republicans are falling for that. And I can only appeal to them. Reconsider. Repudiate. It’s a moral obligation. A person void of empathy for the people he wishes to lead cannot be trusted with that leadership. To vote is a trust. And it cannot be placed in wrong hands.”

In response to Trump’s attack on his wife, Khan said the Republican nominee’s words were “typical of a person without a soul.”

Khan said his wife didn’t speak because she breaks down when she sees her son’s photograph – a huge one of which was projected onto a screen behind the stage at the convention.

“Emotionally and physically – she just couldn’t even stand there, and when we left, as soon as we got off camera, she just broke down. And the people inside, the staff, were holding her, consoling her. She was just totally emotionally spent. Only those parents that have lost their son or daughter could imagine the pain that such a memory causes. Especially when a tribute is being paid. I was holding myself together, because one of us had to be strong. Normally, she is the stronger one. But in the matter of Humayun, she just breaks down any time anyone mentions it.”

Khan said he asked his wife whether she wanted to address the convention.

“I asked her, ‘Do you want to say something? Thank you? We are glad?'” Khan said. “She said, ‘You know what will happen. I will sob.’ Would any mother be able to utter a word under those circumstances?”

Khan also said that he is now turning his attention to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, appealing to them to repudiate what he considers to be Trump’s divisive rhetoric. He said the matter of Trump’s candidacy has become a moral issue beyond policy or political disagreement.

“I am saying to them that this is your moral duty – and history will judge you . . . This will be a burden on their conscience for the rest of their lives,” Khan said near midnight Saturday.

Speaking of Trump’s proposed suspension of Muslim immigration, Khan said that the candidate is simply “pandering for votes.”

“This is my country too,” he said, adding that Trump “lacks understanding,” that most Muslims are victims of terrorism, not perpetrators – and they condemn it. “He lacks awareness of these issues. He doesn’t realize there are patriotic Muslim Americans in this country willing to lay their lives for this country. We are a testament to that.”

Khan said since his speech Thursday, he’s received a unexpected flood of emails from judges, lawyers and others around the country who he thinks have become emboldened since his appearance.

“What has caused this stir is how those words have strengthened the hearts of people,” he said. “These are scholars, very prominent judges, prominent lawyers – one said very clearly: ‘I have never voted Democrat. I will vote Democrat this year. I want you to know that somehow you have touched my heart.”

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Stephanie McCrummen 



  1. Dry Afghanistan.

    Trump is not the hose of good luck.

    Freedom is a coveted humor. Trump can not even laugh when his dinner bell gets stuck.

    This guy is daily the evidence of everything anyone fears for social contact in America yet the scoundrels still want to vote for him.

    I woulf have never guessed that almost half of America hates our constitution but seeing his popularity it is very scary.

    This is daily terror yet the creepy malevolent hate voters still like Trump. We can do better.

    Improve your outlook. Hillary is direct.

    Yuck to the deferent. This guy is mad.

    Gleaming stars he is not.

    Factory for hate.

  2. These people are using the death of their own son to push the islamic-dimcretinic agenda. Khans are the ones without a soul.

    • They said no such thing. They seem to be normal bereaved parents who have been devastated by the loss of their child. Are you a mind reader that you can say otherwise?

      And yes, of course the Democrats are using them for their own purposes – as each party has always done with every speaker at their conventions.

  3. Khan is a media created puppet, just like Obama was in 08. As soon as the elections are over, the media will throw the Khan’s under the bus so fast, they won’t know what hit them. The Democrats thrive on playing the victim card. The Kahns are being USED by the Democrats/media as useful idiots as a diversion for lack of competence by Hillary Clinton. As always, the Democrats /media, actually loath the Kahns, but know the average dumb stupid low information voter will fall for this victim.
    Democrats = good
    Republicans = bad

  4. “He is unfit for the stewardship of this great country. ”
    That may well be true, but neither is his opponent. Why must we choose between an egotistical madman and a dangerously evil, untrustworthy woman?

  5. Is everyone forgetting who Khan was fighting AGAINST? He would die a hundred deaths to keep out the thousands of Muslim animals who would step over (or on) his dead body if hillary became queen. If trump doesn’t express himself like you prefer remember that he beat 16 opponents because he said what everyone thinks. Even Cruz who was second proved himself a self-centered weasel.

    While Trump isn’t perfect, hillary is dirt.

  6. “most Muslims are victims of terrorism, not perpetrators – and they condemn it”
    I would like to see some quotes of this nature especially when it comes to terror attacks in israel. Until then, Sir, you are a liar.

  7. Take heed orthodox jews:

    This is a man who does not respect the modesty of the woman. He should be a man no jew could vote for for any reason at all.

    Scary. If you vote Trump, do not be surprised when you see gashmius and public nudity and immodest display. This makes no sense. You get upset a woman is poorly dressed in your community and you vote to add more of her to American culture.

    Are we dealing with coherent yids who like any thing that this man has to say?

    Close your eyes.

    This guy is a terrible mind for Israel.


  8. And in response to this comment how Trump will not respect women? You forgot the menuvel Clinton in White House. Enough said. I would take trump over crooked Hillary anytime. She will pressure israel worse than Obama.


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