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Khizr Khan to stump for Hillary Clinton at mosque, veterans event in Virginia

The Washington Post

Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq whose powerful speech to the Democratic National Convention in July upbraided Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will campaign for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday at several events in Norfolk, Virginia.

Khan, who waved a pocket Constitution during the speech that challenged Trump's anti-Muslim statements, will speak to military veterans in a city that is home to the world's largest naval base. He also plans to appear at a mosque and at a Clinton volunteer event.

Khan, a Pakistani American lawyer who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared in an emotional television advertisement for Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and has made numerous appearances on television and in the news media.

But it was the convention speech that brought the most attention.

"Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy," he said.

"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing -- and no one."

The gravesite of his son, Capt. Humayun Khan, at Arlington National Cemetery almost immediately became a pilgrimage site of sorts, and was decorated with flowers, flags and notes from visiting strangers.

Ghazala Khan, whom Trump criticized for not speaking while standing next to her husband on the convention stage, later described her pain an op-ed in The Washington Post.

The Khans have become emblems of Gold Star military families, a designation given to those whose sons or daughters have been killed in war.

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