Khizr Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq while serving in the United States Military, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and blasted Donald Trump. Beside him, his wife stood quietly while he asked if the Republican nominee had ever read the Constitution and then offered to lend him his copy. So naturally, Trump decided to attack her silence, insisting she held her tongue because she was Muslim
Ghazala Khan wrote a scathing response to the billionaire bully that was published in Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post.
She wrote of how much her son, Humayun Khan, loved his country and how brave he was. She told of how, like every soldier’s mother, she worried for his safety. She said that as he got on the plane for his deployment, he gave her strength. “Don’t worry, Mom. Everything will be all right,” he had told her.
Mother’s Day 2004 was the last time Ghazala got to speak with her son. She had begged him to be safe and he told her, “Mom, these are my soldiers, these are my people. I have to take care of them.” He was taking care of his men when he died. He went to investigate a suspicious vehicle and was killed by a car bomb, but only after telling his everyone else to stay back and take cover.
She said that her son always wanted to help people, something he did by volunteering to teach swim classes for people with disabilities at a local hospital. She added that he had wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. To this day, Ghazala said she is unable to walk into a room with pictures of the middle son she lost.
“Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself,” she wrote. “What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”
Ghazala then spoke directly to the Republican nominee as she concluded.
Something tells me that Trump wishes he hadn’t antagonized Ghazala to the point she felt the need to respond. It surely didn’t turn out very well for him.