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Gold star parent and Muslim Khizr Kahn (left) would present one of the most powerful speeches at the Democratic National Convention, while Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement (right) elicited boos at the RNC.

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KHIZR KHAN SPEECH AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION > Philadelphia, Pennsylvania > 7/28/16 There were several outstanding speeches given during the Democrats’ four-day convention, which was a much better show that what the Republicans had put on a week earlier. Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Michael Bloomberg all gave memorable speeches, but the single most explosive moment occurred when Khizr and Ghazala Khan came to the stage on the convention’s final night. The couple had been invited by the Clinton campaign to speak about their late son, Humayun Khan, a soldier who died in combat in Iraq in 2004. He also happened to be Muslim. Trump’s statement in December of 2015 calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. was a statement that continues to this day to be amongst the most controversial of his time as a candidate. He’s since slightly pulled back from that exact sentiment, but its potential ramifications still resonate.

BRIANNA KEILAR AND MICHAEL COHEN ON CNN > 8/17/16 At the time it was seen as a case of how befuddled the Trump campaign was and, in retrospect, well, who won the election? CNN’s Brianna Keilar was interviewing Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and a special counsel to Trump, about the campaign shakeup that resulted in the hiring of Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon to the Trump team.

Keiler told Cohen that, “You say it’s not a shakeup, but you guys are down.” That’s where it got a bit weird. Cohen: Says who? Keilar: Polls. Most of them. All of them? Cohen: Says who? Keilar: Polls, I just told you. I answered your question. Cohen: OK. Which polls? Keilar: All of them. Cohen: OK, and your question is? >>

“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution?” Reaching slowly into his jacket, Khan then removed a small booklet and held it aloft, saying, “I will gladly lend you

my copy.”

It was a “who’s on first?” moment between CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Trump operative Michael Cohen.

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