Thursday was a big night for the Democrats. Hillary Clinton, making history, formally accepted her nomination and delivered a powerful speech. "When there are no ceilings," she boomed, "the sky's the limit."
But it was not the only speech that made waves that night. One of the speakers included the father of a Muslim American soldier who died serving in Iraq, Khizr Khan, whose words offered something of an antidote to Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric.
"Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims — with undivided loyalty to our country," Khan began. "Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy; that with hard work and goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings. We are blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams."
Khan said that his son had wanted to be a military lawyer, but he put that dream aside the day he sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers. "Hillary Clinton was right," he said, "when she called my son 'the best of America.'"
Khan then highlighted the difference between Clinton and Trump, using the latter's record of controversial, offensive statements.
"If it was up to Donald Trump, [my son] never would have been in America," Khan said. "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities; women; judges; even his own party leadership."
Then he addressed the GOP nominee directly. "Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you: have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy," Khan said, pulling it out from his pocket.
"We cannot solve our problems by building walls, sowing division. We are stronger together," Khan declared, reminding Americans and immigrants of the gravity of this election. "This is a historic election, and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son. On election day, take the time to get out and vote."
Khan's quiet, dignified speech was perhaps the most extraordinary of the night: the father of a Muslim American war hero, making an emotional argument against the hatred and division that has plagued this election.
"Vote for the healer," Khan urged. "Vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate, Hillary Clinton — not the divider."