Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Gold Star recipient U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's use of his son's name during Sunday's debate was "disgraceful."
During the town hall debate in St. Louis, Trump said if he were president, Humayun Khan would still be alive because he would not have had troops in Iraq. The comment came during discussion about Islamophobia during the debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, were speakers during the Democratic National Convention and lashed out at the GOP candidate for invoking their son's death during the debate.
"Disgraceful comment. It is total no empathy, not only for Capt. Humayun Khan. He died for a purpose," Khizr Khan told News4. "For this candidate to say, 'Had I been the president, they would be alive,' is such a disgrace."
The Khans issued a statement to NBC News on Monday, saying, "We know that our son, Captain Humayun Khan, is an American hero. We also know that Donald Trump is not telling the truth when he says he was against the Iraq war. Our son served this country with honor and distinction, and gave the ultimate sacrifice. The only thing that Donald Trump sacrifices is the truth."
Capt. Humayun Khan was deployed in Iraq and died in 2004. He was from Silver Spring, Maryland.