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The Gold Star father Trump made famous and his take on what it means to be American




Khizr Khan speaks during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Armory on November 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Khizr Khan speaks during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Armory on November 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala gave a speech about their son, Humayun, who was killed in a suicide attack in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart.

The speech was about their family's story, Muslim faith and patriotism, and in one memorable moment, Mr. Khan held out his personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and offered it to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to borrow. Appearing on TV, Trump criticized the Khans —including Ghazala, for standing silently next to her husband as he spoke— and compared their family's sacrifice to his "sacrifice" creating jobs and having business success. He was, in turn, widely condemned for criticizing a Gold Star family.

Khizr Khan has written a memoir called An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice. The book tells the story of how the Khans came to America from rural Pakistan, and how Khizr and Ghazala raised their three sons in Maryland.

Khizr Khan will be speaking about his new memoir, “An American Family,” tonight, at 7:30pm at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles in Downtown L.A.

Guest:

Khizr Khan, author of the new book, “An American Family: A memoir of hope and sacrifice”; his middle son, U.S. Army captain Humayun Khan was killed in 2004 while stopping a suicide attack in Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star