WATCH: Khzir Khan stars in dramatic Hillary Clinton ad challenging Donald Trump

The Gold Star father lashes out at Donald Trump again

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 21, 2016 5:30PM (EDT)

 (Screengrab via YouTube)
(Screengrab via YouTube)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a powerful ad Friday featuring Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American war hero who sparred with Donald Trump.

The ad opens with Khan narrating how his son, Humayun Khan, died while thwarting an attack by terrorists in Iraq.

Khan, who rose to fame by asking Donald Trump if he read the Constitution during the Democratic National Convention in August, asks Trump, his lip trembling:

“I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?”

Trump made headlines in July for lashing out against Khan and his wife after the two appeared during the Democratic National Convention, where Khan claimed that Trump “sacrificed nothing and no one.” Trump responded by insinuating that Khan’s wife had remained silent because she was not permitted to speak (“I’d like to hear his wife say something.”)

During the feud, which lasted far longer than Republicans had hoped thanks to Trump, led to the Republican nominee responding to a Gold Star father by claiming, "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard . . . I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."

There was a bipartisan backlash against Trump’s treatment of the grieving parents.  

"Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example," said House Speaker Paul Ryan. "His sacrifice — and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan — should always be honored. Period." 

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain of Arizona released a statement challenging Trump “to set the example for what our country can and should represent” and telling the Khans “we’re a better country because of you.”

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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