Washington : Donald Trump hit out at the father of a fallen Pakistani-origin Muslim American soldier over remarks that he has ‘sacrificed nothing’ for the country as the Republican presidential nominee mocked the mother for keeping silent, triggering a bipartisan backlash. He said he ‘created thousands of jobs and made a lot of sacrifices’ in response to an impassioned speech by Army Capt. Humayun Khan’s father Khizr Khan at last week’s Democratic National Convention, reports PTI.
He drew sharp criticism from different quarters, including from his own party, when he questioned whether Khan’s wife was even ‘allowed’ to speak, both for attacking a mourning mother and because many considered the comments as racist and anti-Muslim.
“Who wrote that? Did (Democratic rival) Hillary (Clinton)’s script writers write it?” Trump said in an interview with ABC News. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.” Khizr Khan, in a moving tribute to his son at the Convention in Philadelphia while posthumously receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004, stunned a national audience with a speech directly confronting Trump, who has called for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
He asked Trump to “go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America”. “You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.” Trump said: “I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. Sure those are sacrifices. I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof.” Responding to a question, Trump alleged that Khan’s wife Ghazala was not allowed to speak.
Some Republicans also rounded on their candidate, with Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former rival to Mr Trump for the Republican nomination, tweeting: “There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honour and respect.”