On Saturday, Politico reported that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton issued a statement of support for Ghazala Khan, mother of slain Iraq War hero Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
In it, she praised Mrs. Khan’s courage and dignity and called for Americans to come together to honor those lost in battle, political differences aside.
She was responding to an ABC News interview in which Republican nominee Donald Trump lashed out at the Khan family and Mrs. Khan in particular.
Trump sniped at grieving father Khizr Khan’s question as to how much he has sacrificed for his country.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” said Trump.
Turning his attention to Mrs. Khan, the former reality TV star said, “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.”
The implication here is that due to the family’s Muslim faith, Ghazala Khan is forbidden to speak.
On Friday night, during an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Mrs. Khan said that she was too overwhelmed by grief to speak on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Of her son, she said, voice breaking with emotion, “I was keep telling him, ‘Be safe, and don’t become hero for me, just be my son. Come back as a son.’ He came back as a hero.”
Clinton issued a statement on Saturday that said, “I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son’s life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.”
She continued, “This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans, and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country. And this is a time to honor the sacrifice of Captain Khan and all the fallen. Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them.”