A close associate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday claimed the father of a slain Muslim American soldier was a “Muslim Brotherhood agent” after Khizr Khan entered into an impassioned exchange with Trump over the qualities required in an American leader.
Roger Stone, a former adviser to Trump’s campaign, tweeted that Khizr Khan was an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egypt-based Islamist organization, and provided a link to a website that claimed Khan promoted Islamic sharia law and was “probably” acting on behalf of “Muslim oil companies.”
Kahn, whose US soldier son Humayun was killed in Iraq in 2004, electrified the Democratic National Convention last week with a tribute to his fallen child, ending with a steely rebuke of Trump saying the contender had “sacrificed nothing” for his country.
Stone’s Twitter message linked to a website run by Walid Shoebat, a Palestinian-American who claims to have been a radical Muslim involved in terror activities against Israel before converting to Catholicism.
In an article co-authored by his son, Theodore, who has in the past said that homosexuality should be outlawed because it leads to murder and cannibalism, Shoebat writes that “Khan is a Muslim plant working with the Hillary Clinton campaign, probably for the interest of Muslim oil companies as well as Muslim immigration into the US.”
Shoebat listed incidents in which US Muslim servicemen have turned against their brothers-in-arms and suggested that the slain Khan, who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, had ulterior motives for being in the military.
“Is it likely that Khan’s son was killed before his Islamist mission was accomplished? Only another type of investigation will determine that.”
Stone, a political adviser who has reportedly been banned from appearing on CNN and MSNBC during the election period over offensive Twitter posts he made, officially left the Trump presidential campaign in August 2015 but is reportedly still in close contact with the Republican candidate.
Khan, speaking on CNN a day earlier, accused Trump of lacking the moral compass and empathy needed to be the country’s leader.
“He is a black soul. And this is totally unfit for the leadership of this beautiful country,” Khan said.
Trump defended himself in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” insisting he had made “a lot of sacrifices” while suggesting that Khan’s wife, who stood silent on the convention stage as her husband spoke, had not been allowed to talk.
But Khan shot back in interviews on US television news shows, while his wife Ghazala explained in a Washington Post op-ed that she had been too grief-stricken to speak in Philadelphia.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.