While the fourth day of Donald Trump’s feud with the parents of late Army Capt. Humayan Khan rolls on, prominent war veterans have spoken out against the presidential nominee.
Notably, Republican senator John McCain issued a poignant statement on Monday in which he deliberated the point that while Trump may be the GOP’s presidential nominee, he does not have the right to slander anybody he chooses for any reason.
McCain said, “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.” This may seem like an obvious point that doesn’t need to be said outright, but as it stands, Trump needs to be put in his place.
McCain further stated that as a father of sons in the armed forces, like Khizr Khan, and as a war veteran himself who suffered five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, he recognizes that Capt. Humayan Khan’s “name will live forever in American memory, as an example of true American greatness.” While for some cynics, McCain’s statement may suggest that the value of Khan’s life is solely based on his sacrifice in Iraq, this is not likely what McCain intended to convey.
To conclude his statement, McCain thanked the Khans for immigrating to the United States. He said, “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.”
McCain too was a victim of Trump's hate speech against veterans. Last year, Trump attacked the Arizona senator by saying he "wasn't a war hero" because he was a POW.
Furthermore, on Monday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars also denounced Trump for his derogatory remarks to the Khan family. As Daily Kos noted, the opinion of the VFW holds the key to the vote of the approximate 22 million war veterans in the U.S.
In a VFW blog post titled, “To Ridicule A Gold Star Mother Is Out-Of-Bounds,” the VFW national commander Brian Duffy made clear that the VFW will not tolerate or support anyone who defames a Gold Star family. He said, “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”
Trump may have just lost a major voting base over the weekend with his poor handling of the Khan family's criticisms.
He has already lost the respect of McCain along with Sally Bradshaw, a top adviser to Jeb Bush, who has recently suggested that she is leaving the GOP to vote for Hillary Clinton. "Donald Trump cannot be elected president," she told CNN.
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