In Ohio, Gold Star father Khizr Khan urges people to vote

FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump broke a major American political and societal taboo over the weekend when he engaged in an emotionally-charged feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He further stoked outrage by implying Ghazala Khan did not speak while standing alongside her husband at last week's Democratic convention because they are Muslim. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump broke a major American political and societal taboo over the weekend when he engaged in an emotionally-charged feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He further stoked outrage by implying Ghazala Khan did not speak while standing alongside her husband at last week's Democratic convention because they are Muslim. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Gold Star father Khizr Khan says citizens have a responsibility to take part in the political process, as he stressed the importance of voting during an appearance in northwest Ohio.

The Blade in Toledo reports Khan spoke Sunday to an overflowing crowd at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Perrysburg, where he encouraged people to vote this fall.

Khan gave an impassioned speech at the Democratic convention in July. His son was a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.

In his July speech, Khan denounced Republican Donald Trump’s plan to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States and produced his pocket copy of the Constitution while suggesting Trump had never read it.

Trump attacked the lawyer and his wife, drawing harsh criticism from veterans.

 

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