The Virginia parents of slain U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan on Saturday denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about them, telling ABC News that “running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families.”
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that will air on Sunday’s “This Week,” Trump refuted the allegations of Khizr Khan in his emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention that the GOP candidate “sacrificed nothing” for his country and had little understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” Trump told Stephanopoulos, noting that he had created “thousands of thousands of jobs.”
The real estate mogul and reality TV star turned politician also suggested that Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood silently beside her husband at the podium on Thursday because she had been forbidden to speak because of the family’s Muslim faith.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said.
But Ghazala Khan told ABC News that her decision not to speak had nothing to do with her faith, but the fact that she was still grieving the 2004 loss of her son to a car bomb in Iraq.
“Sacrifice — I don’t think he knows the meaning of sacrifice, the meaning of the word,” Ghazala Khan told ABC News. “Because when I was standing there, all America felt my pain. Without saying a single word. Everybody felt that pain.”
Trump’s remarks quickly flared on social media, and the hashtag #TrumpSacrifices became the top trending topic on Twitter.
Watch a clip of Trump’s video above.