Paul Ryan’s office has released a series of “must-see photos” featuring a shot of the House speaker holding up the Constitution.
“Speaker Ryan holds up a pocket Constitution as a reminder that Congress’ first responsibility is to support and defend the Constitution,” the caption reads.
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Although Ryan has been pictured holding up copies of the Constitution in the past, the opening photo mirrored “Gold Star” father Khizr Khan’s jab at Trump during his speech on Thursday to the Democratic National Convention, where he likewise held up a pocket copy of the document and suggested the Republican nominee read it.
“Let me ask you: Have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” Khan said on Thursday. “In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’.”
Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala are the parents of Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.
Speaker Ryan’s office said the photo had no relation to Trump’s comments last week. “The photo was taken at a press conference in July. We just thought it was a good picture,” press secretary AshLee Strong said.
Trump has criticized the Khans for their remarks and has suggested that Ghazala Khan was not allowed to speak on the DNC stage. Khan has said she was still too heartbroken to talk about her son in such a large forum.
A pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution briefly became a best-seller on Amazon.com over the weekend amid the controversy.
Ryan released a statement on Sunday praising the Khans, though he did not mention Trump by name.
“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ryan said. “Captain Khan was one …