“Those could have been my parents,” said Shaker, a Republican who does not support Trump, of Khan family's appearance and speech at the DNC.
“I appreciate that [Khizr Khan] came up there with his wife and showed Americans that Muslims serve in the armed forces — I’m glad we got the exposure,” Shaker said, adding that he believes ordinary Americans don’t know that Muslims are enlisted.
“I left and joined the Army against my parents' wishes, so I can only imagine if it was me who died,” said Shaker, who was deployed in Iraq for a year.
Shaker, who believes the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, would be no better for Muslims at home and abroad, said the only way for Americans to combat those who believe Trump and his rhetoric about Muslims is to get to know one.
“Muslim Americans are just like every other American in society: We’re doctors and engineers, we run businesses, some of us are veterans, we go to schools, we are libertarians and democrats. We‘re just as diverse as any other American,” said Shaker, who is the chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay, Florida.