Is this father’s demands out of hand or completely legitimate? What are the chances anyone from the GOP will listen to his demands?
The father of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq protecting his base from a vehicle packed with explosives has called on Republican grandees to denounce Donald Trump.
Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, said House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have a ‘moral imperative’ to tell Trump ‘enough’.
Calling Ryan and McConnell ‘decent human beings’, he begged through tears for both men to take an ‘ethical stand’, saying Trump will ‘sink the ship of the patriot Republicans.’
Khan also repeated his accusation that Trump has ‘sacrificed nothing’ for America, despite the billionaire suggesting that he has ‘made a lot of sacrifices’ through his businesses.
Speaking on MSNBC‘s ‘Last Call With Lawrence O’Donnell’ on Friday, Khan said: ‘If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country, will have constitutional crises [like] never before.
‘There is so much at stake, and I appeal to both of these leaders: This is the time.
‘There comes a time in the history of a nation where an ethical, moral stand has to be taken regardless of the political costs.
‘The only reason they’re not repudiating his behavior, his threat to our democracy, our decency, our foundation, is just because of political consequences.’
Khan’s latest interview comes just days after he delivered one of that standout speeches of the Democratic National Convention.
During his highly emotional speech he pulled a copy of the Constitution from his pocket before asking Trump: ‘Have you ever even read it?’
Asked about his view of the Republican nominee on Friday, he reiterated: ‘He has done nothing. No sacrifice.
‘He may be a wonderful father, but he is not suitable, not fit, even for the candidacy of the stewardship that he is seeking.’
For his own part, Trump has attempted to brush the speech aside, while contending that he has made sacrifices in his life.
Trump told ABC: ‘I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.’
The presidential nominee also insinuated that Khan’s wife Ghazala was ‘not allowed’ to speak because of her faith.
He added: ‘His wife… if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say.