Donald Trump on Monday refused to relent to relent in his verbal war 0f words with Khizr Khan, the father of an Muslim-American soldier killed protecting his unit in Iraq.
In a pair of tweets Monday morning, the Republican presidential nominee criticised Khan for appearing in multiple television interviews following his Democratic National Convention speech, which offered a brutal critique of Trump’s comments about veterans and plan to bar all Muslims from entering the US.
“Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same – Nice!” Trump wrote.
This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016
Since Khan’s appearance at the DNC on Thursday, the real-estate magnate has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of Khan’s rhetorical attacks on Trump. In a series of interviews over the weekend, Trump questioned whether Khizr Khan’s wife, Ghazala, was permitted to speak after she stood onstage beside her husband during his address.
In a statement Saturday released amid the burgeoning controversy over his initial response, Trump called Capt. Humayun Khan a hero but said his father had “no right” to criticise Trump’s knowledge of the US Constitution.
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr Khan, who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things,” Trump said.
The Khans haven’t taken Trump’s comments lying down.
In an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday, Ghazala Khan claimed that she did not speak because she often finds it too painful to think about her son, writing that “without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain.”
“I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun,” she said.
She continued: “For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. 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?”
The family has also appeared in a series of television interviews since Khizr Khan’s speech. In a CNN interview Sunday, Khizr said Trump has a “black soul.”
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