Public outrage grows over Trump’s Gold Star family comments
WASHINGTON — Republicans, the VFW and Gold Star families all joined a growing chorus Monday criticizing Donald Trump for his political tangle with the parents of a soldier killed in Iraq.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had been mum on the presidential race for weeks, issued a scathing criticism of Trump, saying the GOP nominee’s statements about bereaved parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan do not represent the views of the Republican Party and urging the New York billionaire to set a better example.
“While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us,” McCain said in a news release issued by his campaign.
Meanwhile, the Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander called criticism of the Khans “out of bounds” and family members of 23 fallen troops called on the Trump campaign to apologize.
The Khan’s son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by suicide bomber while deployed in 2004. The couple railed against Trump at the Democratic National Convention, saying he does not understand the sacrifice of their family and Muslim immigrants.
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