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Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Republicans declare support for Khans in scuffle with Trump

Republicans declare support for Khans in scuffle with Trump

In a growing dispute between Donald Trump and the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer killed in the Iraq war, the father said on Monday that the Republican presidential nominee lacked the empathy to be a leader and chided him for throwing the first salvo in their exchange.

Gold Star families is a term the military uses for the parents, sibilings and children of men and women killed in combat. "And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values", McConnell wrote. Khan urged Trump to read the U.S. Constitution and told him "you have sacrificed nothing".

The letter was published Monday on VoteVets.org, a website paid for through the VoteVets political-action committee (PAC).

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked her rival's treatment of the Khans during a campaign stop at a church in Cleveland, Ohio.

This time, sensing that lawyer Khizr Khan got the best of him during his searing Democratic National Convention speech, Trump struck again. Humayun was killed by a vehicle bomber in 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for service.

The Khans responded to Trump's comments in an interview with Judy Woodruff for tonight's PBS NewsHour.

"If you look at his wife, she was standing there".

She says she chose not to speak because she was too overcome with emotion.

Ghazala Khan wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post on Sunday saying that she had remained silent during her husband's remarks to cope with making her grief public during the convention.

Trump appears to be caught in one of the most viscous crises during his campaign, angering those who have heard his response tothe Khan's.

And the group rejected the idea that Trump was being unfairly criticized for his remarks out of "political correctness".

For the second time in a week, Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, issued a statement that appeared created to put some space between the two men atop the GOP ticket.

In a statement released on Saturday, Trump acknowledged that Capt. Humayun Khan was a "hero", but asserted that his father had "no right" to criticize Trump's knowledge of the US Constitution.

But the most personal criticism came from the likes of veterans and bereaved families.

Trump drew similar opprobrium a year ago when he said McCain, who as a naval aviator was shot down and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War, was not a hero since he had been captured.

McCain said his son also served in the Iraq War, and the McCains have been serving in the USA military for hundreds of years.

"This is going to a place where we've never gone before, to push back against the families of the fallen", Senator Graham said in a statement. He added: "All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services".

Mr. Kahn also responded to Trump, telling Meet the Press on Sunday that Trump was "void" of empathy and a "moral compass" while explaining that his wife had helped craft his DNC speech. Todd Rutherford, the leader of South Carolina's state House Democrats, on Monday called on both McMaster and Gov. Nikki Haley to pull their support of Trump.

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