Ghazala and Khizr Khan spoke out about Trump's comments regarding Ghazala's silence during their convention speech

By Blake Bakkila and Char Adams
Updated July 31, 2016 11:15 AM
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Source: MSNBC

The mother of a fallen U.S. Army soldier honored at last week’s Democratic National Convention became emotional when speaking about her son as she and her husband responded to Donald Trump‘s criticisms over their appearance.

Khizr and Ghazala Khan have found themselves the subjects of Trump’s ridicule after the former delivered an emotional speech in support of Hillary Clinton at the convention. But, during a Monday appearance on MSNBC, it was not Trump who prompted the woman’s tears, but instead, the story of her slain son Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his heroism.

“My son was very kind to people and he always loved his friends, his family and wherever he went he was loved by people and he always tried to take care of them,” Ghazala said through tears. “That’s why I think that he decided to go in the Army because of the discipline that he could pass on, the love he could pass on and the respect he had for the country, he could pass on that too.”

She recalled the last time she spoke with her son, Mother’s Day 2004, saying that she cautioned him, “Don’t be a hero.”

“I knew he will do something that will be hard for me but he said, ‘Mom, I have a responsibility for my soldiers, for my regiment and my people,’ ” she shared. ” ‘I have a responsibility for them. I won’t quit that responsibility. I love my soldiers so I will take care of them.’ ”

Trump made several remarks to news outlets about Ghazala, who stood silently by her husband on the DNC stage as he gave an impassioned speech about their son.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump said. “She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

After his initial comments, Trump told the New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd, “I’d like to hear his wife say something.”

Ghazala spoke out in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, responding to Trump’s implication that she “wasn’t allowed” to speak on stage at the convention.

“Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me,” she wrote. “Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”

In the op-ed article, Ghazala said that her religion does not prohibit her from speaking.

“Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true,” she continued. “My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.”

She wrote of her slain son and noted how “dependable” he was and how loyal he was to his fellow soldiers, calling them “my people.”

Khizr also condemned Trump’s comments during an interview with ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos on Saturday.

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“Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect [a] Gold Star family and [a] Gold Star mother,” Khizr Khan.

During a Monday appearance on the Today show, Khizr said that he did not expect Trump’s reaction to his speech.

“This candidate amazes me, his ignorance. He can get up and malign the entire nation … and yet … I can not say what I feel?” he said of the 70-year-old business mogul.

He later added: “[Trump] is void of empathy, so I will continue to reach out to Republican voters to refrain from voting for this candidate.”