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Letter: Trump crossed the line by attacking the Khans

Trump crossed the line by attacking the Khans

I, like most Americans, am brokenhearted for anyone who has lost a loved one to the horrors of war. Donald Trump stepped way over the line of decency when he degraded Khizr and Ghazala Khan because of their religious beliefs.

The Khans’ son, Humayun, died in the Iraq War serving our great country. I admire Khizr for speaking his heart at the Democratic National Convention. Ghazala’s presence at the side of her husband was a sign of love and support.

How could Trump infer that she did not speak herself because her religion would forbid it? Has he no sense of empathy and compassion?

Ghazala is a brave woman. I can place myself in her shoes. I am a mother and also a mother with a son currently serving in the U.S. Army. I am not as courageous as Ghazala. I would not be able to speak or even be present at such a moving plea to the American people. My Catholic religion would not forbid me to speak. My broken heart would require my silence.

On Nov. 8, I am not going to vote for a candidate who rubs salt into wounds, but one who will strive to heal wounds. I will not vote for a candidate who invites division among people, but one who unites us all. I will say the Peace Prayer of St. Francis and pray that we elect a president who will be an instrument of peace for the United States and the entire world. I invite others to do the same.

Priscilla Schad


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