Donald Trump hit back Saturday at Pakistani immigrant Khizr Khan, who has gotten a lot of attention since attacking the Republican nominee at the Democratic convention last week, saying Khan has “no right” to say “inaccurate” things about him.
Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Army, claimed that Trump has “sacrificed nothing” for his country and asked if the Republican nominee had ever read the Constitution.
In an interview with ABC News, Trump talked about sacrifices he made through work and questioned whether Khan’s stinging criticism of him was scripted by the Clinton campaign.
“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?” he asked.
Trump also mentioned Khan’s wife, who stood silently next to her husband while he spoke, questioning whether she was allowed to speak in what was seen as a slam on the family’s Muslim faith.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say,” he said. “She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
The wife, Ghazala Khan, didn’t remain silent for long after being mentioned, telling ABC News she was “in pain.”
Trumps’ remarks drew plenty of criticism, prompting him to release a statement later in the day. And while he honored the son’s sacrifice, Trump was not as accommodating of the father.
“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe,” Trump said in the statement. “The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorist who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country and do us further harm.”
“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 also doubled down on his stance against immigration from some Muslim countries.
“Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible,” he said.
The idea of banning some Muslims from immigrating to the U.S. resulted in a fiery debate Friday night on “The Kelly File.”
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