ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — Donald Trump said Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq in 2004, be “alive today” if he were president at the time — despite going after his family when Hillary Clinton evoked them at the Democratic Convention.
Khan’s parents issued a statement shortly after the end of the second presidential debate Sunday, saying they “know” that their son “is an American Hero.”
“We also know that Donald Trump is not telling the truth when he says he was against the Iraq war,” the Khan family said. “Our son served this country with honor and distinction, and gave the ultimate sacrifice. The only thing that Donald Trump sacrifices is the truth.”
During the debate Sunday night, Donald Trump vehemently denied that he supported the War in Iraq, saying it was a “disaster” and saying Clinton did so. Clinton said it was the “10th or 12th” time that Trump had denied supporting the war.
“We have it on tape,” Clinton said. “but it never stops him from saying what he wants to say.”
Trump said that Humayun Khan “would have been alive today” if he were “president at that time.”
Clinton accused Trump of “never” apologizing to anyone, particularly the family of the fallen soldier, who Trump berated after their appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
“He never apologized to Mr. and Mrs. Khan, the gold star family, whose son died in the line of duty in Iraq,” she said, adding that trump “insulted and attacked them for weeks over their religion.”
Clinton went on to say that even someone like Capt. Khan, who “sacrificed himself defending our country,” is “subject to attack” by Trump.
Trump countered Clinton, calling him an “American hero” who would be “alive today” if he were “president at that time.”
At the Convention, Capt. Khan’s father, Khizr Khan, asked “Donald Trump, have you even read the U.S. Constitution?” because of the candidate’s claims about Muslims.
At the time, Trump suggested that Khizr Khan’s wife, who appeared with him on the stage, may not have been allowed to speak.
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