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 Khizr Khan is a lawyer and political consultant. He and his wife Ghazala Khan are the parents of Captain Humayun Khan who was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the military of the United States of America in the ten years after the September 11 attacks. Khizr Khan became famous after speaking out against Donald Trump in the 016 Democratic National Convention. [17] [2][3]  Khizr's son, Captain Humayun Khan, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for sacrificing himself to save his unit from a car bomb in Iraq. [3][2]

Personal Life

Khizr works as a legal consultant in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is married to Ghazala Khan. Khizr was born in Pakistan. In 1980, the Khan family moved from the United Arab Emirates to Boston, Massachusetts for Khizr to attend a masters in law program at Harvard University. The family then moved to Maryland, where Humayun Khan went to high school.  [2]

Travel Privileges Controversy

In March, 2017 Khizr Khan was unable to attend a luncheon in Toronto, Canada “freedom to travel abroad” was under review by the government, despite being a citizen of the United States for over 30 years and having a son who died fighting in the Iraq War[24]


Khan was scheduled to speak at a luncheon in Toronto on March 7, 2017 “on what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington DC — so that we don’t all end up sacrificing everything.” The two-hour event was to include a presentation and then a question-and-answer session. But Khan was told late Sunday that his traveling privileges were under review, according to Ramsay Talks, which organized the luncheon. Individual tickets were priced at about $100. [24]

Statement by Khizr Khan 

“This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” Khan said. “I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.” [24]

Statement by Ramsay Talks

“As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law,” it said in a statement. “Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.” [24]


2016 Democratic National Convention Speech

Khizr Khan spoke out against Donald Trump at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 28th, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[5]

Khizr before his Speech

“I am honored and humbled,” he said. “Nowhere but in the United States is it possible that an immigrant who came to the country empty-handed only a few years ago gets to stand in front of patriots and in front of a major political party. ... It is my small share to show the world, by standing there, the goodness of America.”

Khizir has a simple message to the American people: “Together we can solve the problems, and the solution is in joining hands, not building walls. Together we are stronger. The leader for us to move forward is Hillary Clinton.” [2]

Khizr challenges Donald Trump

“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership,” he said. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, ‘Have you even read the United States Constitution?’” The audience roared in approval. [8]  [7]


“I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said, taking a small copy of the constitution from his pocket. [8]  

Khizr also questioned if Donald Trump had ever visited Arlington Cemetery, where “patriots” of “all faiths, genders and ethnicities” are buried. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” he said of Trump. [8][7]


After Khizr's speech, sales of pocket constitutions increased greatly. $1 copies of the pocket United States Constitution became best sellers for Amazon. On August 1, 2016, three days after the speech, The pocket United States Constitution reached #1 in the history section and #2 in the books section of the site. 

Donald Trump's Response

Donald Trump retorted Khizr Khan's speech by criticizing Ghazala Khan's silence throughout the speech, and said it symbolizes the lack of women's rights in Islam. Trump also made a tweet insulting Khizr for "viciously attacking him" [20][12]


Ghazala penned an op-ed for Washington Post to respond to Trump. [9]  Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan also responded to Donald Trump's criticism in an interview with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC[13]

Republican Party Leaders 

In a CNN interview with Jim Acosta on "State of the Union" Khizr Khan criticized Donald Trump and called on Republican Party  leaders to denounce Trump: 

"He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country," Khan said. "The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief -- that our experience in this country has been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul." [14] [16]

Khizr has called on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to withdraw their support for Trump. [14] [16]

Khizr said "It is a moral obligation -- history will not forgive them," he said. "This election will pass, but history will be written. The lack of moral courage with remain a burden on their souls." [14][16]

He said those Republican Party leaders have a "moral, ethical obligation to not worry about the votes but repudiate him; withdraw the support. If they do not, I will continue to speak." [14][16]


After Khizr called them out both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell praised Capt. Khan’s service and said they rejected a ban on Muslim immigrants in statements Sunday. However neither directly criticize Mr. Trump, who went unnamed in the statements. Neither have withdrawn their endorsements of Donald Trump[17]


Mr. McCain did not withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump for president, despite condemning Donald Trump's comments and saying they do not represent the Republican Party[18]

Excerpt from John McCain's statement:

"In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier's parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates. [18]




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    Stevenfisch  •  1 year, 1 month ago
    He spoke at the Convention in Philadelphia PA not Cleveland Ohio 
    • donaldDrumpf 1 year, 1 month ago
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    tonyredunzo  •  1 year, 1 month ago

    I would like to know more about Khizar Khan.  He moved from Pakistan to UAE in 1980.
    What was he doing in Pakistan?
    Is he from a wealthy family?
    Part of Pakistani Military? 
    Part of Islamist group in Pakistan?
    Goes from UAE to Harvard U. Who pays for the rather expensive Harvard education while he is supporting a family?
    Is he estentially an operative for the gulf states who have illegallly funded Clinton's campaign?
    Very interesting that the media is not asking these questions
    • DavedeFelice 1 year, 1 month ago
    • Mahbod Moghadam 1 year, 1 month ago
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    GunillaDuncan  •  1 year, 1 month ago
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    donaldDrumpf  •  1 year, 1 month ago
    Excuse me sir, on behalf of all Americans, I am sorry for Mr. Trump sir he does not represent what we stand for 
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    Mahbod Moghadam  •  1 year, 1 month ago
    I'm not a supporter of Donald Trump, but I will say this: it was a mistake not having his wife Ghazala Khan also speak. It seemed sexist to me too, even before Trump criticized it..
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    KurtStreutker  •  1 year, 1 month ago
    Sir, your brave son sacrificed, with all due respect, Not You, Mr Khan! It was his life he put on the line like so many others such as my son did as well. It was not your sacrifice! It was your 'Lose' because of your son's decision and not yours. Stop the twisting of realities. We am truly Sorry for your your lose. Being Muslim brings nothing to the table here at all. He chose to enlist as an American.
    Mr Khan, you ask for an Apologize from Trump? For What? What was said? We heard Donald J. Trump respond to to what you said about his son who died because of an IED (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfztG8eZCI)...
    I think Khizr Khan has nothing to say to us until he "Publicly Denounces" Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria), and all Islamic Terrorism home and abroad.
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    Lionspeak  •  1 year, 1 month ago

    Mr Khan obviously was a political agent 4 HC & his comments were a viscious attack on DT
    As usual he is to blame & Mr Khan continues his attacks his wife should have stayed off the stage
    I would like to know how Khan was  solicited &
    who did it

Created: July 28, 2016, 11:20 p.m.
Last Modified: March 6, 2017, 10:32 p.m.