Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Muslim-American soldier Captain Humayun Khan said on Monday after criticizing Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention and in multiple television interviews since then that he wants to be “out of this controversy.”
In yet another television appearance on CNN, this time on “New Day,” prior to espousing his desire to get out of the spotlight, Khan doubled down on his critical comments of Trump claiming the Republican nominee was ignorant and arrogant. (RELATED: Trump: American Muslim Soldier Who Died In Iraq Is A ‘Hero’)
Since his speech at the DNC last Thursday, Khan, along with his wife Ghazala have appeared on multiple TV networks including ABC, MSNBC, and CNN. The Trump campaign has directly responded to Mr. Khan’s comments on Twitter, in television interviews, and through statements.
In the Khans’ latest television interview, host John Berman said that Trump’s supporters would argue that “since you have exercised your First Amendment rights, you’re now fair game. It is now fair game for Donald Trump to talk about you and his supporters to talk about you. You spoke at the Democratic Convention, which is a political platform.” (RELATED: Here’s How Capt. Khan Died)
Khan replied, “Well, they have been exercising their rights so there is nothing new to that.” (RELATED: MSNBC: Pat Smith’s Speech Was ‘Offensive’ But Khizr Khan’s Was ‘Memorable’)
“We are private citizens. We are private people. We want to be out of this controversy,” Khan said. “My good wife, Ghazala, had been insisting that I not to respond. I let — I take a more dignified path than responding to undignified attacks and comments. Therefore, we jointly decide that there is no need to escalate this. We have made the point.”
Earlier in the CNN interview, when asked if he imagined that after his speech there would be controversy, Khan said, “No, I did not, neither my family. We are private people. We participated in this convention because a tribute was being paid.”
During his speech at the DNC last week, Khan accused Trump of not sacrificing anything, also arguing, “If it was up to Donald Trump, [my son] never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities — women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”
“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,'” Khan said.
Khizr Khan’s son, Captain Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004.