Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran and Navy pilot shot down over North Vietnam during the war, today said comments by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump “do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates.”
McCain castigated Trump after he “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. I cannot emphasize how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement.”
Trump is under increasing fire from Democrats and Republicans for attacking the Muslim American parents of an Army soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.
McCain said of Trump:
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.
Trump slammed Khizr and Ghazala Khan after they spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Their son, Capt. Humayun Kahn, 27, died at the hands of a car bomber in 2004.
Said Khizr Kahn on NBC’s “Today Show” about Trump’s denunciations of he and his wife:
This candidate amazes me — his ignorance. He can get up and malign the entire nation — the religions, the communities, the minorities, the judges. And yet, a private citizen in this political process, in his candidacy for the stewardship for this country — I cannot say what I feel? That proves the point: He has not read the Constitution of this country.
Trump, who is quick to criticize and insult people in speeches, on Twitter and during interviews, does not like it when someone finds fault with his rhetoric.
“Mr. Kahn, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNS and is now all over TV doing the same,” Trump responded. “Mr. Kahn, who has never met me, has not rieght to stand in front of millions of people and claims I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”
Others, both Republican and Democrat, have found fault with Trump’s claim to know or understand the Constitution. He has misquoted the document, claimed ignorance of some of parts of it, and admits he doesn’t “read a lot.”
Trump’s blatant overreaction to comments about him is bringing more dismay from the very Republicans who nominated him just two weeks ago. They are joining other Republicans like the billionaire Koch Brothers who are withholding financial support to Trump while backing other Republicans.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed support for the Khans and restated their opposition to Trump’s proposed bans on Muslims entering the United States but other Republicans say neither have gone far enough to distance themselves from the GOP Presidential nominee.
More fire has come from the families of 17 other service members killed in the line of duty. They signed a letter calling Trump’s actions “repugnant” and are demanding an apology.
“I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage the Kahns,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) who lists herself as a Trump supporter.
Ayotte said that Trump’s claim that “hard work” as a businessman and employment of “tens of thousands” of people were “sacrifices” was a “gall.”
“He had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to shoe of a Gold Star family (a family who has lost someone in combat,” she said.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate for President who lost in the primary, said Trump’s actions are “so incredibly disrespectful of a family that endured the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
Amazingly, some still think Donald Trump should be President of the United States of America.
Trump is a bigot, a racist, a misogynist, a compulsive liar and a candidate devoid of compassion or a soul.
The time has come to recognize that those who continue to support this madman are too.
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