Khizr Khan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, died in Iraq serving in the Army, said Donald J. Trump “sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Khizr Khan lost his son, Capt. Humayun Khan of the Army, to the war in Iraq more than a decade ago.
On Thursday night, he shared his grief, and the story of his son’s sacrifice, at the Democratic National Convention in an emotional rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s immigration proposals and his ideas on religious tolerance.
It was a moment that for many of the thousands of people at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia — and the millions more watching it elsewhere — was the night’s most memorable, and dramatic.
“Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” said Mr. Khan, a Muslim who immigrated from the United Arab Emirates when his son was 2. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?”
Then, to cheers, he pulled out a pocket edition.
“I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said.
Mr. Trump has called for a ban on Muslim immigrants to the United States. And if it were up to the Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Khan told the audience, his son would never have had the opportunity to serve his country.
Mr. Khan, who lives in Charlottesville, Va., went on to ask Mr. Trump if he had ever visited Arlington National Cemetery.
“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending United States of America,” he said. “You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities.”