Khizr Khan Challenges Donald Trump To Take A Naturalization Test

Khizr Khan has been the target of Donald Trump and his supporters since the Democratic National Convention. The latest attack was from the co-chair of Trump’s New York campaign, Carl Paladino. On Sunday, Paladino sent an email to BuzzFeed in which he said this about Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“Allowing himself to be so controlled by Hillary that he would dishonor the memory of his heroic son shows the man’s lack of character and backbone.”

Following Donald Trump’s speech yesterday about how he would defeat ISIS, Khizr Khan challenged Donald Trump to take a naturalization test. One part of Trump’s plan is an “ideological screening test.”

CNN quoted Trump as saying,

“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is long overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it extreme vetting. I call it extreme, extreme vetting. Our country has enough problems. We don’t need more.”

Khizr Khan’s challenge to Donald Trump came partly in response to the stated purpose of this test, which Trump said would be to

“… screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.

Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued visas.”

Khizr Khan charged Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention with not understanding the Constitution. He went on to offer him a pocket-sized copy of the document. As reported by Huffington Post, Khan is now challenging Trump to take the test that immigrants have to take in order to become U.S. citizens.

Following Donald Trump’s speech yesterday, Khizr Khan emailed the HP, saying that Muslim Americans have a duty to reject violence and keep America safe. He voiced his support of better immigration policies and presented himself and his family as an example of patriotic immigrants who had assimilated into the American culture.

Khizr Khan continued his email with his challenge to Donald Trump.

“I challenge Trump to take the naturalization test with me any day. His is demagoguery and pandering for vote. A divider like Trump can never be the steward of this country.”

Khan is a Muslim American who came to America from Pakistan in 1980. In 1986, he and his wife Ghazala became U.S. citizens. They had three sons together. The middle child was Humayun. Humayun rose to the rank of captain in the Army and served in the Iraq War. Khizr and Ghazala’s middle child died in an explosion while serving in Iraq in 2004.

Following Khizr Khan’s statements about Donald Trump at the DNC, the Republican nominee for president questioned the silence of Mrs. Khan, charging that perhaps she didn’t speak because she wasn’t allowed to speak. Trump also dismissed Khizr Khan’s statement about his son, who was killed in Iraq sacrificing himself for his country. Donald Trump said this, as reported by the New York Daily News.

“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. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

Later that day, Ghazala Khan responded to Trump’s remarks.

“Sacrifice — I don’t think he knows the meaning of sacrifice, the meaning of the word. Because when I was standing there, all America felt my pain. Without saying a single word. Everybody felt that pain.”

[Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press]