Khazr Khan, the Muslim American who was launched onto the political stage after calling out Donald Trump during his speech at the DNC, says he has no regrets about giving his speech or the scrutiny he’s received from certain right wing figures in the aftermath.
“I will do it [a] million times, I will do it louder, I will do it forcefully,” Khan told Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s All Things Considered. “I’ll do it [a] hundred million times — now is the time for the rest of the world to see the true America, the decent America, the good America.”
Khan’s son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004. During his convention speech, Khan held up a pocket Constitution and challenged Trump to read it in a direct reference to the GOP nominee’s xenophobic campaign rhetoric.
Trump and his allies attacked the Khan family, with Trump saying Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood next to him silently because “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” Some conservative pundits even suggested Khan had tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and that he had some sort of hidden Islamist agenda.
“We are very deliberate people. We have discussed that there is going to be criticism,” Khan said.
“I would have such a burden on my conscience if I would have not spoken,” he added.
“In the midst of the grief, we don’t set our conscience aside. There are some prices that must be paid. There are certain concerns and certain hearts that must be touched regardless of the price.”
Listen to Khan’s interview with NPR in the audio below: