Gold Star father Khizr Khan: Donald Trump should 'move aside'

13News Now Mike Gooding has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The man whose words gripped the nation when he offered Donald Trump a civics lesson at the Democratic National Convention campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Hampton Roads on Wednesday.

Khizr Khan's son, Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed while serving Iraq in 2004.

The elder Khan spoke during the Democratic Convention in July and followed up by asking Republican leaders to repudiate Trump. Trump responded with attacks of his own against the Khan family, which earned him condemnation from members of his own party.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with 13News Now reporter Mike Gooding, Khan talked about his stand against the Republican nominee.

"We were informed there would be a political price. There would be reprisals. There would be hatred and dislike," he said.

Khan, however, is not backing down. Last week, Clinton released a minute-long campaign ad featuring Khan giving a testimonial about his son's service and death.

“My son was Captain Humayun Khan, he was 27 years old and he was a Muslim American. I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?” Khan said at the end of the ad.

At another recent campaign stop, Khan said his son's act was inspired by American values, and affirmed his own decision to emigrate to the United States.

“He continues to teach us," he told our sister station KGW. "We walk under his grace, under his light, with his firm determination in life to have in your heart care for others. So that is what made him take those 10 steps forward.”

The Gold Star father continues hitting the road on behalf of Clinton. On Wednesday he visited a mosque in Norfolk to discuss the stakes for military families in Hampton Roads in this election.

"We decided that this is the time that we must stand, we must stand against the tyranny, against the racist remarks, against the policies that he [Trump] espouses," Khan told 13News Now.

We asked Khan that if he had a chance for a one-on-one audience with Trump, what would he say to him.

"I would implore him that seeking the highest office, that is not like building a hotel or a golf course," Khan replied. "Leading a nation requires a different mentality. Mr. Trump, you have proven to us, you have proven to this nation, that you do not have that capability. And a sincere patriotic person would recognize that ability and would move aside."

13News Now reached out to the Trump campaign and the Republican Party of Virginia for a response to Khan's visit, and what Trump had to say. So far we have not gotten a reply.

KGW contributed to this report.


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