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Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father whose son Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq saving fellow soldiers, takes a moment to compose himself as he speaks at a Mosque in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Khan’s Norfolk visit falls in the wake of a new Clinton campaign television ad that features him tearfully discussing the death of his Muslim-American son in Iraq. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

He preaches forgiveness, but Khizr Khan isn't sure he can forgive Donald Trump


Gold Star father Khan gave another emotional speech blasting 'Donald Trump's America'

WATCH  | On the campaign trail for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, whose son died in battle in Iraq in 2006, rips into Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Can Khan forgive Trump?

When the presidential election is over, Khan hopes the nation will begin the process of healing. And that healing, Khan said, begins with forgiveness.

"The division that has been created by this candidate, by Donald Trump, ought to cease," Khan said during his first campaign appearance on behalf of Hillary Clinton in Norfolk, Virginia. "That starts with forgiveness."

But even when the election is over, Khan isn't sure he can forgive Trump.

No forgiveness yet

In an interview with Circa on Wednesday, Khan -- whose electric speech against Trump at the Democratic National Convention was one of the key moments of the campaign -- would not say if he could forgive Trump for the things he has said about his family. 

"We will decide that after the election," he said, prompting laughs from the Clinton campaign volunteers surrounding him.

Khan reignites Trump feud

But for Khan, the election is clearly no laughing matter.

At three separate event venues in Norfolk -- a mosque, a restaurant and a local Clinton campaign volunteer headquarters -- Khan delivered solemn but harsh rebukes of the Republican nominee, reigniting the feud that propelled him into the national spotlight at the DNC meetup in July to nominate Hillary Clinton. 

Donald Trump as a candidate has proven himself temperamentally unfit to be the commander in chief of this great nation.
Khizr Khan

Khan said he has no plans to run for office, but he is also no stranger to the political spotlight.  During his DNC speech, Khan invoked the memory of his son, Humayun Khan, who died a hero in the Iraq War. He held up a pocket Constitution and urged Trump to read it.

He preaches forgiveness, but Khizr Khan isn't sure he can forgive Donald Trump

WATCH  | Our full interview with Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. 

Trump fires back

What happened next caused an uproar. Trump launched a series of attacks  on the Khan family, and asserted that Khizr's wife, Ghazala, was not "allowed" to speak at the convention.

Trump's attacks on the Khans earned him condemnation from many Republican political leaders. 

"There's only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect," Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote on Twitter at the time.

And after Khan's campaign appearances Wednesday, Trump wasted no time hitting back.

He preaches forgiveness, but Khizr Khan isn't sure he can forgive Donald Trump

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