By David Hylton
An online campaign to get Khizr Khan -- the father of a slain Muslim-American soldier who made news after his speech at the Democratic National Convention -- has raised nearly $12,000 to push him to run for the Virginia House of Delegates.
"We need more candidates like Khizr Khan, not Donald Trump, to run for office in America," says the fundraising site on crowdpac.com. Mr. Khan is someone who has achieved the American Dream and made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
Khan, a lawyer from Charlottesville, isn't a politician, but Democratic activist Tom Keefe who started the "Yes We Khan" campaign hopes the fundraiser will change his mind.
"I just thought, this guy might be somebody who could really turn things around for us," Keefe told NBC News.
At the convention, Khan pulled out a copy of the U.S. Constitution and asked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if he's ever read it.
"I will gladly lend you my copy," said Khan.
In response, Trump said Khan was being controlled by Hillary Clinton's campaign and questioned why Khan's wife, Ghazala, didn't talk at the DNC.
"Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain," Ghazala Khan wrote in a Washington Post editorial. "I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart."
If Khazir Khan accepts the challenge to run for office, he would be running for the state delegate seat in the 58th District in Virginia.