Khizr Khan: McAuliffe encouraged me to run for office

Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier who made headlines as a Democratic National Convention speaker this summer, said in a new profile that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) encouraged him to run for office. 

But Khan, in an interview with The Guardian published Tuesday, said he’s not interested.

“It would limit me,” the political independent said. “Just let me speak.”

McAuliffe is a close ally of former president Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

{mosads}Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq, took the stage at the convention alongside his wife to challenge then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to study the U.S. Constitution. 

His speech sparked continuing criticism from Trump.

Khan later appeared in a campaign ad for Clinton, and his speaking tour has ramped up since the election.

He told The Guardian the amount of hate mail he receives has decreased since its peak just after the convention.

He said that on a recent flight back from Ohio, two men approached him and offered him their first-class seats.

Still, Khan said he feels a heightened sense of fear since the presidential election.

He told The Guardian that he increased security at his home, per advice from police, and has advised women in his family not to travel alone.

“The far right feels that their voice has been heard and they have a license to commit these crimes,” Khan said. “I have seen the fear of immigrants heighten after turmoil in the past. But never to this degree.”

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