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Mother of army captain, Muslim leaders respond to Trump

On Thursday night Ghazala Khan and her husband Khizr Khan addressed the crowd at the Democratic National Convention. She stood by his side as Mr. Khan challenged Donald Trump directly. Waving a pocket Constitution, he declared, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

The Khans, whose son Humayan Khan, an army captain, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously received a Purple Heart, resonated with Muslims across the country. But their speech elicited criticism from Trump, bringing on additional attention.

On Friday, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump responded to Mr. Khan: “I’d like to see his wife say something.”

After his initial comment to The New York Times, Trump doubled down in an interview with ABC News. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that she was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say,” he said.

In a Sunday op-ed for the Washington Post, she did.

“Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?” she wrote.

Muslims spoke out against Trump, and in support of Mrs. Khan, on Twitter.


After Mr. Khan’s speech on Thursday, Muslim writers and advocates celebrated the presence of Muslims on a national stage.


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