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Khizr and Ghazala Khan
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Khizr Muazzam Khan (b. 1950 or 1951) and Ghazala Khan are the Pakistani American parents of United States Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. The couple received international attention following a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Khizr and Ghazala Khan are originally from Pakistan, where Ghazala was an educator, teaching Persian to college students. They met at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. The couple moved first to the United Arab Emirates, where their son Humayun was born, and then to the United States in 1980. They settled in Massachusetts, where Khizr earned an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. The family then moved to Maryland, where Khizr worked as a legal consultant.
Their middle child, Humayun, was a United States Army captain who served in Iraq during the Iraq War. In 2004, he was killed in Baqubah, Iraq, by an explosion when he stepped forward from his unit to engage a suspicious vehicle, which was later found to be carrying more than 200 pounds of explosives.
In 2008, the Khans participated in an HBO documentary, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery, featuring visitors to Arlington National Cemetery.
2016 DNC speech
On July 28, the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr, accompanied by Ghazala, gave a speech about their son Humayun, during which he harshly criticizedRepublican nominee for president, Donald Trump. Khan took issue with several of Trump's policies, including his proposed ban on Muslim immigration. Many news outlets focused on two passages from the speech in particular:
While holding up his pocket copy of the Constitution that he was offering to Trump, Khizr added, "In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law.'"
Aftermath of speech
Asked about the content of the speech in an interview with ABC News, Trump suggested that Hillary Clinton's campaign staff had written the speech (according to the Khans, it was they who wrote it), and disputed the charge that he has not made sacrifices, saying, "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices...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." Trump also remarked on Ghazala's presence on stage: "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. [Maybe] she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."
Trump's comments sparked widespread outrage and condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans, and were widely reported in the press. Prominently, Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement in which he expressed his disagreement with Trump's statement, saying, "While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us."The organization Veterans of Foreign Wars followed with a statement saying, "Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression." Paul Rieckhoff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said that Trump's comparison of his own sacrifice to families who lost family members in war was "insulting, foolish and ignorant." TheJewish War Veterans of the United States said that Trump was worthy of "contempt" and said that his remarks on Ghazala Khan were "vile beyond words." An open letter by over 20 Gold Star families called upon Trump to apologize to the Khans.
Directly responding to Trump's comments, Ghazala wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, explaining that while she was asked if she wanted to speak, she felt she would be too upset to do so.
Sales of pocket Constitutions spiked up.
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- Khizr Khan's DNC speech (C-SPAN), video, with pretaped introduction by Hillary Clinton, July 28, 2016 (9:36)
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