Trump escalates feud with the Khans as McCain delivers scathing rebuke

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The feud between Donald Trump and the family of a slain Muslim American soldier entered its fourth full day Monday, with Khizr and Ghazala Khan continuing their criticism of the Republican nominee, Trump firing back on Twitter and Arizona Sen. John McCain releasing a lengthy, scathing rebuke of Trump’s comments about the Khans.

 

Over a series of televised morning show interviews, the Gold Star parents of Humayun Khan — a 27-year-old U.S. Army captain who was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004 — urged Republicans to refrain from voting for their party’s presidential nominee.

“We are as concerned as Donald Trump is about the safety of this country,” Khizr Khan said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday. “But we need a leader that will unite us, not disrespect, not by derogatory remarks.”

 

“This candidate is void of empathy,” Khizr Khan said on NBC’s “Today” show.

Trump, who is known to be an avid viewer of TV news coverage, was apparently watching.

“Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same,” he tweeted. “Nice!”

“This candidate amazes me,” Khan said on NBC. “His ignorance — he can get up and malign the entire nation, the religions, the communities, the minorities, the judges and yet [as] a private citizen in this political process … I cannot say what I feel? That proves the point, he has not read the Constitution of this country. Had he read that, his behavior would be different.”

“I have exactly same rights as he does,” Khan said on CNN. “He wants to have one set of rights for himself and he wants to have another set of rights for others.”

 

 

“We want to be out of this controversy,” Khan added. “That is not our style. We are [a] decent, dignified family of this country, very appreciative of the blessings that we have enjoyed and we continue to enjoy, and we want to remain that way.”

Meanwhile, McCain became the latest GOP leader to condemn Trump’s comments about the Khans. The Arizona senator, 2008 GOP presidential nominee and famed former POW issued an impassioned statement denouncing Trump’s position.

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service,” McCain said in a statement released by his office Monday. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

He continued: “In the end, I am morally bound to speak only to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican Party, and more importantly, the United States of America. I will not refrain from doing my utmost by those lights simply because it may benefit others with whom I disagree.”

McCain added: “Lastly, I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation — and he will never be forgotten.”

 

 

The war of words between Trump and the Khans began at last week’s Democratic National Convention, where Khizr Khan delivered a stinging rebuke of Trump over his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States — a policy that would have prevented his son from serving in the U.S. military.

“Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Khan said. “Let me ask you? Have you even read the United States Constitution. I will gladly lend you my copy. … Look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.”

Ghazala, who stood by Khizr’s side, did not speak. In an interview last weekend with ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” Trump floated the idea that Khan’s wife, Ghazala, had been forcibly silenced.

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