This War Hero's Father Has a Powerful Message for Republican Leaders

July 30th 2016

Lucy Tiven

On Friday, Khizr Khan, the father of slain Muslim-American U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, shared a powerful message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan on MSNBC.


Days earlier, Khan delivered a chilling speech at the Democratic National Convention, telling Trump, “You have sacrificed nothing!” and offered to lend him his copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Khan opened his MSNBC appearance by praising McConnell and Ryan as "patriots" and "decent human beings."

He asserted that Democrats and Republicans are equally patriotic, and that American Democracy serves as an example for countries around the world. "You are about to sink the ship of the patriot Republicans," he warned them.

"If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country will have constitutional crisis that never before in the history of this country," Khan asserted.

Khan spoke from the heart, and told the Republican leaders there was a “moral imperative" to repudiate Trump.

"My conscience compels me under these very difficult circumstances — very raw emotions — I am a very composed person," he said.


"I don’t become that emotional in public discourse," Khan continued. "But 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, a moral stand has to be taken regardless of the political cost. 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 speech at the DNC moved Democrats and conservatives alike.

On Friday, a top aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised Khan's words in a tweet.

Outspoken #NeverTrump conservative Erick Erickson pointed out that it indicated the party's dark turn.

Search queries for voter registration also spiked after his address.

Trump, for his part, responded to Khan's DNC speech with a jab at his wife.

You can watch the full interview on MSNBC.

[h/t Gawker]