Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father and Pakistani-American lawyer whose condemning rant at the 2016 Democratic National Convention against then-candidate Donald Trump created a media firestorm, is back in a new attack against the president.
In an exclusive interview with NPR on Thursday, Khan criticized President Trump over his condolence call to Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson, whose husband was one of four U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger this month.
In the interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Khan was asked “what is wrong” with what President Trump said to Mrs. Johnson. Khan claimed the president “does not have the capacity to understand what it takes to serve this nation.”
Khan’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.
Below is the transcript of his remarks, followed by an audio.
KHAN: “Everything. Every word is wrong. Every word is wrong. These men and women, my sons and daughters, signed up for something more than this president can comprehend. This is beyond his comprehension, patriotism, sacrifice. When John McCain sacrificed so much to serve this country, this president ran away. This president ran away from serving.”
INSKEEP: “He did not serve in Vietnam.”
KHAN: “He does not have the capacity to understand what it takes to serve this nation in harm’s way. These men and women went, he, by default, he is their commander in chief, these are his sons and daughters, how dare he disrespect, how dare he utters a word of disrespect, indignity. There should be empathy, there should be support, there should be dignity of not only their sacrifice, but their family’s sacrifice. Every word that should come out of his mouth should dignify those wonderful brave family members that now have to bear the burden of that sacrifice, but this nation dignifies them regardless of the behavior of the president, this nation honors them, honors their sacrifice, honors the sacrifice of those four brave men that went to defend our democracy, our liberty. This nation honors them, honors their families. They’re the best of this nation.”
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