A pocket Constitution has become a best-seller on Amazon.com since a Muslim-American pulled one from his pocket during the Democratic National Convention and suggested that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump should read it.
Khizr Khan told the convention in Philadelphia that his son would not even have been an American under Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the country. His son, Humayun Khan, was awarded the Gold Star after he was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq while shielding his comrades from the explosive. He was 27 years old.
The pocket constitution that Khan flashed at the convention did not appear to be the same as the one that rose to the Top 10 best-selling books on Amazon on Saturday afternoon, AP reported. The 52-page pocket constitution selling on the website for $1 is printed by the National Center for Constitutional Studies.
In the aftermath of the convention, Trump launched a vitriolic attack on Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan. She stood silently next to her husband during his emotional speech, and Trump raised questioned whether she was forbidden from speaking due to fundamentalist Islamic attitudes toward women.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” he said in an interview with ABC’s This Week. “She had nothing to say. … Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
But Ghazala Khan told ABC Today it was too painful for her to speak.
“Please. I am very upset when I heard when he said that I didn’t say anything. I was in pain. If you were in pain you fight or you don’t say anything, I’m not a fighter, I can’t fight. So the best thing I do was quiet,” she said.
The Republican nominee also blasted Humayan Khan for his statement, addressed to Trump: “Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?” Trump added. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard,” he told George Stephanopoulos.
He said his major sacrifice was employing “thousands and thousands” of workers to build his real estate projects. Those same projects have made him a billionaire.
Democrats were swift to denounce Trump’s latest inflammatory meltdown over criticism. Vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine said it demonstrated the candidates inability to empathize.
“He was kind of trying to turn (Khan’s speech) into some kind of ridicule,” AP quoted Kaine as saying. “It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness. If you don’t have any more sense of empathy than that, then I’m not sure you can learn it.”
But Democrats were not alone in expressing their distasted for Trump’s reaction. Some Republican leaders joined in the chorus of criticism.
“There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect,” tweeted Ohio governor and former GOP presidential candidate John Kasich.
Trump’s remarks prompted ridicule on Twitter under the hashtag #TrumpSacrifices. People tweeted sarcastic lists of hardships Trump has faced, including flying commercial class and playing on a municipal golf course.