Khizr Khan, the slain soldier's father whose criticism of GOP nominee Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention became a turning point in the 2016 campaign, said Wednesday that he was motivated to speak out by questions he was hearing from Muslim American children.

After anti-Muslim statements by Trump, Khan said, "at gatherings, little children would ask — 'You are an attorney, are we going to be thrown out of the country?' "

"The courage [to speak out] wasn't ours," Khan told about 30 members and guests at a mosque in Norfolk, where he was campaigning on behalf of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "The courage was given to us."

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