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Trump cites own 'sacrifices' in retort to Muslim war hero's father

Bloomberg News

July 30. 2016 11:01PM
Khizr Khan, whose son was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving in the U.S. Army in the 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, offers to loan his copy of the U.S. Constitution to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. Looking on is Khan's wife, Ghazala, who did not speak, which led Trump to question whether she was forbidden to say anything. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Donald Trump pushed back against the Muslim-American parents of a fallen U.S. war hero after their Democratic National Convention appearance, in which they questioned the Republican president candidate's level of personal sacrifice.

Trump said he had "sacrificed" for the United States by employing "thousands and thousands of people."

He also suggested that the mother of Army Capt. Humayan Khan didn't speak alongside her husband in Philadelphia because she was forbidden to, as a Muslim.

"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" Trump said in an interview that will air Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard," Trump said, according to a partial transcript of the inverview.

Trump's been put on the defensive by the emotional testimony Khizr Khan gave about his son, an American Muslim soldier killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. Khan spoke Thursday, the final night of the convention.

Trump also said of Khan's wife, Ghazala, who accompanied him on the stage but didn't speak, "maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say; you tell me."

In Thursday's speech Khan, who brandished a copy of the U.S. Constitution and offered to lend it to Trump, criticized the candidate by proposing to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

"Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan said, addressing Trump. "You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one."

Trump said that Khan "was, you know, very emotional."

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