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Trump hits back at parents of dead soldier who said he had "sacrificed nothing"

“She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Donald Trump has hit back at the parents of a dead soldier who died in Iraq.

Pakistan-born Khizr Khan had fiercely attacked the billionaire businessman at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, saying that if it were up to Trump, his son never would have been American or served in the military.

“Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery?” he asked, flanked by his wife Ghazala.

Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing.

Khan’s son Humayun died in 2004 when a car loaded with explosives blew up at his compound. He was posthumously awarded the Gold Star. He was 27.

Campaign 2016 Trump Source: Evan Vucci

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today, Trump said he had made sacrifices.

“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s script writers write it?

I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures.

“I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

Trump then implied that Ghazala Khan “wasn’t allowed” speak, despite her explaining that she felt she would be unable to speak for fear of breaking down.

She told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that she cannot “be in the same room” as a picture of her son without breaking down.

Nonetheless, Trump implied that she had been silenced.

If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say.

“She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

Khizr Khan said that his emotional speech was “only half of the speech”.

Read: Watch: An emotional father of a dead soldier calling out Trump and stealing the show at the DNC

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