Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter faced backlash Thursday night after she mocked the Muslim father of a U.S. Army captain who died while serving in Iraq.
Khizr Khan, whose son Capt. Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004, spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S.
“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims,” Mr. Khan said. “He disrespects minorities and women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”
“Donald Trump, you’re asking us to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?” Mr. Khan asked.
In a misspelled tweet referencing CNN host Fareed Zakaria, Ms. Coulter responded: “You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zacaria.”
“What a terrible thing to say about a man whose son died for this country,” replied conservative writer Erick Erickson.
“I’m ashamed ever to have known you,” wrote Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz.
Ms. Coulter similarly mocked Mr. Zakaria’s accent in a tweet on Sunday, writing, “I like hearing CNN’s Fareed Zakaria ask in a thick Indian accent, ‘What kind of America do we want to return to?’ “
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