The father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq in 2014 has on Sunday, stated that the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has a “black soul” – indicating that he lacks empathy, making him unfit for the White House.
Speaking to CNN on “State of the Union”, Khizr Khan called on Trump’s family to “teach him some empathy.”
“He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country,” Khan said.
“The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief — that our experience in this country has been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.”
Khan, the father of a fallen Pakistani-origin Army Capt Humayun Khan, who was killed in a suicide terrorist attack, came to national spotlight after he delivered an electrifying speech at Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia on Thursday wherein he slammed Trump for his rhetoric like banning Muslims from entering the country.
Khan griped that Trump’s “policy, his practices, do not reflect that he has any understanding of the basic, fundamental constitutional principles of this country.”
“He talks about excluding people, disrespecting judges, the entire judicial system, immigrants, Muslim immigrants. These are divisive rhetoric that are totally against the basic constitutional principles,” he said, adding that Trump lacks key traits that presidents need.
“Two things are absolutely necessary in any leader or any person who aspires, wishes, to be a leader. That is moral compass and second is empathy,” Khan said.
He further pleaded with the House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to withdraw their support for Trump.
“It is a moral obligation — history will not forgive them,” he said. “This election will pass, but history will be written. The lack of moral courage with remain a burden on their souls.”
Khan 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 hit back over the remarks that he has “sacrificed nothing” for the country and mocked the soldier’s mother for keeping silent, triggering a bipartisan backlash.
Following a national backlash, Trump on Sunday night made a u-turn and described Humayun as a hero, but called for “vigilance in defeating radical Islamic terrorism”.