During the 2016 presidential election, Khizr Khan was one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics.
Khan lost his son, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, in 2004 to a suicide bomber while serving in Iraq.
Controversy exploded between Khan and Trump when he took the stage at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and called out Trump for his proposed Muslim ban. Khan then claimed that the then-GOP nominee hadn’t sacrificed anything.
With Trump winning the presidency, Khan is taking on a new tone.
In an interview with NBC 10 Philadelphia, he said, via the Huffington Post:
“As a grateful citizen of this country, whenever you see that your values, the values of this country are being challenged, it’s an obligation of all citizens, all patriots regardless of party affiliation to stand up and be counted and remind each other that we have much better values: plurality, moving forward together, equal dignity, equal protection of law, These are the basic fundamental values and we will continue to remind each other.”
“This nation needs to move forward, and move forward together, not divided, and that is his responsibility now, to bring us all together and move us all forward without division.”
Khan added that Americans need to reach out to one another, even those we might disagree with, and come together.
Three days ago, Khan called out president-elect Trump and said:
“Would anyone who isn’t you have a place in your America? Well, thankfully, Mr. Trump, this isn’t your America.”
Yet, with the Donald’s victory, Khan appears willing to give him a chance, which is an election message all Americans can get behind.