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Donald Trump responded Saturday to criticism from the Muslim father of a fallen soldier, who in an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention said the billionaire businessman has "sacrificed nothing" for the country.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump insisted that Khizr Khan, whose son, Humayun, was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq, was misguided in his criticisms. Trump said he has sacrificed, mostly when it comes to his business dealings.
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures,” Trump said in the interview. “I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
On Thursday, Khan, with his wife, Ghazala, at his side, castigated Trump for his calls to ban Muslims from entering the country.
“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America,” said Khan, whose son was awarded a Bronze Star. “You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Trump also questioned if Ghazala Khan's silence during the convention appearance was perhaps related to her Muslim faith.
While speaking on MSNBC on Friday evening, Khan called on GOP leaders, such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to repudiate Trump.
“What he has said, what he has threatened to do … you must say ‘enough,’ ” Khan said.
In the ABC News interview, Trump said that Khan’s speech was written by Hillary Clinton’s “script writers.”
Moreover, Trump suggested that as a Muslim woman, Ghazala Khan was able only to stand at her husband’s side and was not allowed to speak during his speech.
“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,” he said.
Ghazala Khan said Friday the whole experience, on stage with her husband at the DNC, was very nerve-racking.
In a statement, Clinton said she was moved by the Khans sharing their story.
"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," she said. "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."
Updated - 2:41 p.m. This post was updated to include a comment from Clinton.