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Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father who famously held up a “pocket Constitution” at the Democratic National Convention to criticize Donald Trump, again whipped up a media frenzy at the expense of the president this week.

Khan, who has remained an outspoken critic of Trump, was scheduled to travel to Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday to deliver a speech on “tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law.”

A day before the event, however, Khan told speech organizer Ramsay Talks that he would be unable to make the trip because his U.S. “travel privileges are being reviewed”  — claims that, upon a little inspection, don't quite hold up.

In a Facebook message sharing the news of Khan's cancellation, Ramsay Talks included a comment directly from Khan, who said:

"This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad.

I have not been given any reason as to why."

Khan was also scheduled to give an interview with a Canadian news program, but — again citing “travel privilege” issues —  cancelled that appearance, as well.

The story was quickly shared by both Canadian and American news outlets, and was shared tens of thousands of times across social media, seemingly based off nothing more than Khan's claims:

Within hours, however, Khan's story began to unravel.

Khan, who was born in Pakistan, has been a U.S. citizen for 30 years. As The Washington Post notes, “U.S. citizens don't need visas to enter Canada, or even the electronic travel authorizations required of all other foreign visitors there.”

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson has since confirmed that any “travel privilege review” didn't originate with the agency, as it “does not contact travelers in advance of their travel out of the United States.”

A Canadian government official has also confirmed that their “office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is not aware of any restrictions involving Khan,” either.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many journalists are now warning that Khan's story has thrown up quite a few red flags:

It should be noted that news of Khan's alleged “travel privilege review” that spread so quickly across social media broke the same day that President Trump announced his revised travel ban, though the ban has no effect on U.S. citizens like Khan.

For now, whatever prompted Khan to make these claims will remain a mystery, as — despite public urging — he has declined to offer any further comment on the matter.

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IntegrityImportant(123 likes)Sorry but it needs to be said. Khan = another snake in the grass. He's been here for 30 years. He is a citizen. Yet he allowed Hillary to use him at the Dem convention. His hate is irrational as is Streep's or Rosie's or Colbert's or SNL's, et.al. There is no excuse for this man to make up lies to tell about his ADOPTED country except for some irrational hope it will reflect negatively on the President. So sorry again Mr. Khan, while we mourn your loss, be advised that I ignore you 100% of the time.
@photoman51(80 likes)President Trump, then candidate Trump, questioned his and his wife's participation in the DNC convention and got raked over the coals for questioning or commenting on a Gold Star family.  This is why he questioned and remarked then about their participation. Because they are using their status to campaign against Trump.The Democrats called his show of gratitude to the Navy Seal's wife and family for their loss, as using them for political purposes. Yet the Democrats used Kahn's for campaign purposes for Hillary and not a word was said. The fact that this man, Khizr Khan worked for Hogan Lovells, LLP, a major DC  larw office that has been on retainer as the law firm representing the government of Saudi Arabia in the Unitef States for years. This firm also handles Hillary Clintons taxes and does legal work for the Clinton Foundation and is a personal and corporate contributor to Hillary and the Clinton Foundation. Plus one of the law firms registered lobbyist, per FEC records has bundled more than 50,000 in donations for Clinton presidential campaign.Can you say smoke andmirrors by the Democrats. 
Pauline Linski Warren(67 likes)It's safe to say that this idiot was paid off by someone, thinking the american people are much more stupid than Khan.He is a paid hack by the Democrats. The guy is stupid and keeps making himself look that way. He DISHONORS his sons death and legacy by  being greedy and a democratic snake in the grass. He is no patriot of the USA his son was and proved it.