Gold Star Dad Khizr Khan Stars In Hillary Ad: Would My Son Have A Place In Donald Trump’s America? [VIDEO]

Not many political ads bring you to tears. Politico reports:

Khizr Khan has one more question for Donald Trump. The father of Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, thrust himself into the election spotlight this summer at the Democratic National Convention, when he asked if the Republican nominee had even read the U.S. Constitution and told Trump he had “sacrificed nothing and no one.”

On Friday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign released an ad starring the Gold Star father. Khan comforts his wife Ghazala while he softly recites his question as footage of his son being laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery plays on a nearby screen. “I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?,” Khizr Khan says in the ad titled “Captain Khan” after an image of Trump plays.

  • AW

    The short answer is: No. But the longer answer is, most likely you won’t have to worry about that as I believe that he will never be elected. I did my part and have voted (in a very red state but still, maybe it’s one vote that was needed). Everyone needs to vote.

  • Lazycrockett

    This ad really isn’t bout Drumpf as much it is bout his supporters.

    • TampaDink

      Yeah, but with him, they would still be (mostly) closeted racists, xenophobes & sexist pigs.

    • Jack

      Whom he exploits.

    • b

      They brag, and brag, and brag some more about their patriotism. But they never stand up for Muslim Americans. These people should never be near the White House.

  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you for posting, Joe. Devastating. It made me tear up at my desk at work.

    • Curieux Bleu

      Incredibly powerful, just emotionally draws out instant tears, I had the same reaction as you.
      Hopefully the undecided see this ad, if they are at all fair minded, it may help them to vote for a more inclusive nation.

  • Gustav2

    Just in case America has forgotten this disqualifying BS from Trump.

  • i’m going to get flamed like a failure on ‘beat bobby flay’ for this, but…

    “muslim-american?” wtf is that? is that like how we describe HRC and drumpf? as “kkkristian-americans?” so let’s just start right there.

    it is sickening, if you are a veteran, to see how politicians from any side, all sides, use us. wow i would say no, if anyone wanted to use me in an ad about my DADT experience.

    the reality of the VA, the life of people who rely on what they were promised, after service? oh, if you are a moral and honest person, it will sicken you, instantly. more wars don’t help the situation at all. and president clinton? she’s going to get us in another one. just wait.

    i am an atheist. but if i prayed? it would be to the god of people who use military folks in campaign ads. it’s all so much more complex and difficult to address, than can be done in 60 seconds. but Murka would rather ignore all that. it’s more fun to attend parades and put flag stickers on your car or wear a pin. like i said, it’s sickening. the three of us on my block who are vets? riiiight. if you really want to know how we are treated, just ask. very few donors to the DNC or voters who don’t live where poor vets do, ever will.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      I agree (at the very least) with your reaction to this “Muslim-American” hyphenation bulk wrap.

    • RNegron

      Troll begone

      • OdieDenCO

        CD is not a troll. she is a very passionate and thoughtful contributor here in JMG land

    • Do Something Nice

      You’re missing the point of the ad.

    • Randy Ellicott

      When one side is making every effort to paint Muslims as terrorists and un-American it makes since to make it clear that this man and his son who died for this country are Muslim-Americans. It points out that Muslims are not the other, are not something to be feared, but our brothers and sister citizens.
      To the overall thought about dividing the country into groups like Muslim Americans, Christian Americans, African Americans I do see your point, we are supposed to be one nation not a mash up of a bunch of little cliques… However it is not true that all groups are treated equally or that they have the same issues, so when looking to address the issues of one particular group it helps to have descriptors to focus the message.
      As for Clinton getting us in another war, that may or may not happen but if trump was president we know it would happen. And before we get into a discussion about third party people, this is a binary possibility, it will either be Clinton or trump; there is no realistic way that anyone else will be president after this election.

      And as to the treatment of Veterans in our country… well there is no excuse for how deplorable it is.

    • Bad Tom

      Your anger at the VA is certainly justified, on its own. However.

      Mr. Khan evidently self-identifies as “Muslim-American.” Mr. Kahn and his wife have made the ultimate sacrifice of any parent. He has the right to describe his experience in any way he sees fit.

    • CJAS

      Yes, they are Christian-Americans. Otherwise they wouldn’t be seen by the majority of Americans suitable to run for the office.

      Muslim-Americans are under attack in this country. Pretending that Muslim isn’t an identifier is intellectually dishonest and dangerous.

      Khizr Khan is an highly-intelligent man making a free choice about how his son’s story is used.

    • Cuberly

      Back in 2003 I had a brief gig at the SF VA Hospital in their admissions dept. To admit someone they had three different computer systems. One for scheduling, one to check the level of benefits a vet had, and another to secure a room or bed depending on what was needing to be addressed.

      The entire system was so archaic, it was beyond insane and difficult to try and match all the data you needed to help people. And the vets that came in were so, I have no word for it, there was such a shortage of beds that some vets would line up before the office opened and would have to sit and wait, not for hours, sometimes they had to wait days. They’d leave at closing, not having seen anyone, having to return the following day to wait again to see if a room had opened or if a specific doctor or specialist was available. The hospital did have some small apts available for people to stay in if they needed to wait, but even then there weren’t enough. And, who can afford to stay in a hotel, in SF. Some vets would even camp out in Golden Gate park or in the Presidio, in December mind you. But of course they’d most likely get chased out.

      Felt the need to relay that experience, you’re absolutely right, how we treat our vets is criminal.

      • TheManicMechanic

        “Muslim-American” as a descriptor does sound a bit too much like a container. It works well with nationalities, like African-American, Canadian-American, Martian-American, as you are combining geographies. “American Muslim” would work better in this context.

    • Lena

      Surely we know at least one Jewish-American among our friends, neighbors and co-workers … My experience with Deaf identity politics taught me long ago to respect how each and every one of us chooses to self-identify – and that extends to American Muslims as well along with everyone else.

      • Lena

        BTW, I am a rationalist who is atheistic. I have no use for organized religion, but hey, what do I know?

    • ColdCountry

      All the rest aside, I think I would have preferred, ‘an American soldier who was Muslim.’ But it is true that “they” are thought of as Muslim-Americans, rather than one of “us,” and the point it to reach those who use that term.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but just a heads up that Dyn is apparently under another massive DDoS attack so if the internet goes wonky again for any of us that may be why. Gizmodo posted that update around 12:30 EST.

    • Lazycrockett

      That would explain why my twitter posting on here keeps disappearing.

      • TuuxKabin

        And not appearing. No twitter quotes/links are opening. Just a blank space.

    • OdieDenCO

      just got and email from my IT dept about it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • SFBruce

    Beautiful, powerful, heart-breaking.

  • greenmanTN

    That’s a very powerful ad.

    I have to say that I really admire Hillary Clinton’s campaign because they are on the ball. Sometimes it seems that 3 minutes after Trump made some obnoxious statement there is a video about it.

    • Tor

      He’s made it easy for them.

  • LackofFaithify

    Again the woman isn’t allowed to speak. Sharia law everyone, that’s whats coming with Hillary. Seriously though, think that is the best ad She has put out during the whole election cycle.

    • Rolf

      As you are pretty much quoting Trump with your “the woman isn’t allowed to speak” statement, you should know that “the woman”, who has a name, Ghazala Khan, responded to Trump’s remark by saying (yes, she is allowed to talk) that she was too overcome with emotion and grief to speak, not that she was forbidden to do so.
      Your paranoid, conspiracy theory “sharia law everyone, that’s whats (sic) coming with Hillary” statement has absolutely no basis in reality or facts to support it.

      Hopefully on November 9th all this deplorable bullshit will crawl back under the septic tank lid it emerged from and will allow decency, intelligent dialogue and sanity to return to the UNITED States of America.

      • SoCalGal20

        I think they were being sarcastic but without the /s sometimes it’s difficult to tell.

    • moebym

      Whoa, there…didn’t think you’d be repeating Trump’s line of attack. Ghazala Khan is damn well allowed to speak. She just can’t do so without BREAKING DOWN because the memory of her son’s death is still extremely painful!

      • LackofFaithify

        Disqus has been restored. Yeah, sarcasm. Read the second half of the comment. As I said, this ad is, to me at least, has been the best one the Hillary camp has put out this election. Trump going after the Khans was basically the equivalent of trying to have sex with a porcupine.

        • moebym

          Sorry, my snark meter is completely broken today.

          • Rolf


  • Ninja0980

    We already know the answer to that question and it’s sadly no.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Or, “If we squint real had and don’t focus on his last name, he kinda looked white.”


    Damn. That hurt. Crying at my desk…

  • mjcc1987

    Devastating. Take that national immediately!

  • Gerry Fisher

    The Clinton campaign team has had to simultaneously stump for a candidate with a high negativity rating AND stop the country from imploding Brexit style. it’s been quite a feat. (And I know it’s not over with, yet.)

    • Gerry Fisher

      What’s frustrating to me is the list of people who either don’t understand the peril we’re facing or didn’t get it until Trump’s “grab ’em” tape was made public. A lot of people were either asleep at the wheel or willing accomplices trying not to appear as such.

    • John30013

      Apart from the “islands of sanity in the mainstream media” (even that seems generous), I agree. I kind of wish they’d write a book about it after the election, but at the same time I wouldn’t want to give the GOP any ideas. (Although they don’t seem to have learned any of the lessons from Obama’s fantastic campaign operations, either.)

  • EweTaw

    Yes! the DDoS de DDD’s are striking again! Our cellphone keeps timing out because Disqus won’t load — except for right now. Odd.

  • Hank

    Khizr Khan, Ghazala Khan and of course, their son, Captain Human Khan are MORE American, than any of the Deplorables!!!!

    • CPT_Doom

      His grave has apparently become a major attraction for people coming to Arlington Cemetery.

    • Bomer

      Wow. He was only a year younger than me.

    • Todd20036

      To answer the father’s question, no. Neither your son nor any other Muslim American has any place in Trumps America. Only nazi fascists who are white Christians do

  • kirtanloorii

    Trump: “Yeah, right where he is.” Sorry, I know that was cold, but it’s the bitter truth about Trump and his supporters.

  • EweTaw

    OT: Vanna White is 59 years-old!

  • Michael R

    It reminds me that I have no place in Trump’s America .

    • andrew

      Thankfully, this is not Donald Trump’s America.

      • TampaDink

        The re-branding is high on his list of priorities if he, putin, & his rabidly racists deplorables can manage to alter the outcome. With each passing day, thankfully, that seems less & less likely but I put nothing past trump.

    • Zeldacat

      Yes. Same here, though not because of my sexual orientation. But I’m a disabled woman over 35. I’m pretty sure that makes me a non-person in Trump’s eyes.

      • NancyP

        ANYONE who disagrees with Trump would be a non-person in Trump’s America. Major-outlet ournalists, opposition politicians, activists, essayists in obscure journals, and so on.

        • Zeldacat

          Very good point – I wasn’t thinking beyond myself, and other people I’ve known in similar situations. But all of those people would be new to the whole non-person phenomenon. Sadly, I am not, though the worst of that was when I was much younger.

  • Rex

    Losing a child has to be the most difficult sorrow to face. I just can’t imagine. My heart goes out to this family and the many, many others who have lost sons, daughters, mothers, fathers in the fight to maintain the greatness that is America.
    Shame on Trump and anyone else who thinks any one citizen is more important than another. We are a nation of many people, races and beliefs. To change that would be devastating to our country and to the world. Shame on Trump for thinking America isn’t great and for thinking he’s the only one that can make it great again.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      So true. And Mr. Khan’s face and the line “would my son have place in your America” is just haunting.

    • ohbear1957

      “A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses
      a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an
      orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how
      awful the loss is.”

      Jay Neugeboren,

      An Orphan’s Tale

  • another_steve

    The ads from the Clinton camp have been brilliant. All of them.

    A wealth of topics for them to choose from — topics illustrating the heartlessness and thuggery of Donald Trump.

    I can’t begin to imagine how they decide which of the many topics to choose.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but I guess that DDoS Attack is growing. Here in SF I can’t get twitter and Disqus is hit or miss.

    Why am I worried that this is some sort of test for Election day?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      It does make you wonder. Trump lays the groundwork and Putin obliges with some nefarious internet fuckery…not at all far fetched.

  • JellyDonut

    Thank you Mr Khan for sharing the memory of your son!

  • andrew

    Fortunately, Mr. Khan, this is not Donald Trump’s America and hopefully on Nov. 8th the majority of the American voters will tell him that he has no place in our American government.

  • Good ad. I hope it runs everywhere.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Powerful… too mild an adjective to do this ad justice.

  • Sam_Handwich

    is trump running ads?

    i see Hillary ads from time to time that slip by from the NH market. But no trump ads since the primary.

    • Hank

      I am getting hit with Drumpf ads here in FTL!

    • TampaDink

      He is in the swing state of FL…..but I wouldn’t be surprised if the ads he’s running are mostly filled with subliminal messages advertising trump properties…and the upcoming trump noise network.

      • TuuxKabin

        drumpf noise network. perfect.

        • TampaDink

          Instead of the booming voice of James Earl Jones, zey vill have Melanoma, “Zis is dee en en”.

    • Michael R

      There are anti Hillary ads here in VA , they are complete lies about Hillary taking your guns and the usual nonsense , stupid and embarrassing . All of the ones I’ve seen are from the NRA .

  • bkmn

    Powerful. Tears. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Khan.

  • greenmanTN

    To me, most despicable thing Trump has said in the entire campaign was that if HE had been President the Khan’s would not have died.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I get so choked up whenever I see the Khans. I hope they can find peace. Their grief is so overwhelming.

    • Hillary & Bills Rape College

      You are an idiot, 375.000 bucks should help them. Thanks Hillary

      • Lakeview Bob

        Wow. Nice guy. You are obviously a Breitbart troll.

  • NancyP

    That is a tear-jerker, no question.
    I will be so glad when HRC is elected – my hospital’s Muslim doctors are stressed over the prospect of Trump gaining power or influence. The doctors’ lounge has MSNBC on most of the time now, and I see the docs sipping their caffeine and staring with unhappy faces at the Trump recordings.

  • JCF
  • Frank2525

    As a veteran of 26 years, Mr. Kahn is NOT A GOLD STAR FATHER. Mrs. Kahn is a Gold Star Mother. While Captain Kahn was in military, before his death, they were entitled to have a Blue Star banner in their window at home, indicating that a family member was in the military.

    Captain Kahn would have had a place in our country and military, since his record was checked when he entered service, and each time he was promoted, and took a new oath of office. In my 26 years , I took that oath many times, each promotion, each change in my security clearances. And I worked Administration, Personnel, and was involved 24 of my 26 years with classified material, just as Captain Kahn would have been, in rising through the ranks from officer training, promotions, and for courses he was required to take.

    What Father did was to cheapen his son’s service, ant take advantage of it to do hatchet job on Presidential Candidate. That was to rationalize his past work in advising and helping to get VISA for foreigners in the law firm, for which he worked. I believe he has brought attention to those VISA’s in next few years, since, no one was checking to see if those foreigners, in fact did establish a business in USA, and hire Americans. But those VISA carried citizenship for family of the money folks, but who was checking in last 8 years?
    Mrs. Kahn should have been speaking, not him. Using him was another sleazy bit by the Clinton team, to counter act the true Gold Star Mother who spoke for Mr. Trump, and who was lied to by Hillary in Hangar, just as Hillary lied to American People. In my a26 years, I processed and shipped too many to foreign lands, by order of my commanders, who came back in body bags, or injured. At 87, I do not forgive Hillary Clinton, or all officials who watched those men die in Benghazi. Those drones (unarmed????) certainly was sending back data, which was available in command post, with pilot in control van, where ever located, with clicking few switches. Also could have put info into cockpit of bombers or fighters in combat situation.