Khizr Khan, who was celebrated by the media and Democrats for offering a copy of the Constitution to Donald Trump while speaking on the dais at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, spoke to NPR. In an interview due to be broadcast next week, Khan was asked what was wrong with President Trump's remarks to the widow of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson. He tore into the president, saying that Trump “does not have the capacity to understand” the sacrifices that the military and their families make.

Khan denounced the president for allegedly treating “his sons and daughters,” referring to the military, with “disrespect” and “indignity.”

“He does not have the capacity to understand what it takes to serve this nation in harm's way,” Khan told Innskeep of NPR. “There should be empathy, there should be support, there should be dignity of not only their sacrifice, but their family's sacrifice. Every word that should come out of his mouth should dignify those wonderful brave family members that now have to bear the burden of that sacrifice, but this nation dignifies them regardless of the behavior of the president, this nation honors them, honors their sacrifice.”

Khan’s comments came in the midst of controversy over the president’s call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of slain Green Beret LaDavid Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger fighting Muslim extremists. John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff and a retired Marine general, made emotional remarks on Thursday in which he denounced Rep. Frederica Wilson, who listened in on Trump’s call to the widow. Wilson had faulted Trump for supposedly showing little comfort to the grieving woman.

Khan has been an outspoken critic of the president ever since his appearance at the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia where he mockingly offered a copy of the Constitution to Trump. His son was an Army captain who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. Capt. Humayan Khan received the Bronze Star posthumously for defending his post from a suicide truck bomber. 

“Every word is wrong,” Khan said when asked to comment on Trump’s call to Mrs. Johnson. “These men and women, my sons and daughters, signed up for something more than this president can comprehend. This is beyond his comprehension, patriotism, sacrifice.”

The full Khan interview will air on NPR on Monday morning. Here follows a partial transcript: 

"Everything. Every word is wrong. Every word is wrong. These men and women, my sons and daughters, signed up for something more than this president can comprehend. This is beyond his comprehension, patriotism, sacrifice. when John McCain sacrificed so much to serve this country, this president ran away. This president ran away from serving."

Innskeep said, "He did not serve in Vietnam."

Khan went on, "He does not have the capacity to understand what it takes to serve this nation in harm's way. These men and women went, he, by default, he is their commander-in-chief, these are his sons and daughters. How dare he disrespect? How dare he utter a word of disrespect. Indignity. There should be empathy, there should be support, there should be dignity of not only their sacrifice, but their family's sacrifice. Every word that should come out of his mouth should dignify those wonderful brave family members that now have to bear the burden of that sacrifice, but this nation dignifies them regardless of the behavior of the president, this nation honors them, honors their sacrifice, honors the sacrifice of those four brave men that went to defend our democracy, our liberty. This nation honors them, honors their families. They're the best of this nation."

Khan is originally from Pakistan. A Muslim, he became a US citizen in 1980. Holding advanced law degrees from the University of Missouri and Harvard University, he worked for years as a lobbyist for a Washington lobbying firm that has long represented Saudi Arabia. 
 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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