Khizr Khan’s heartfelt speech at the Democratic National Convention was perhaps the biggest game changer for this election season. In his speech, the Gold Star father of late Army Capt. Humayun Khan not only denounced the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but actually got the ball rolling for Trump’s downfall.
The business mogul’s subsequent incendiary remarks toward Khan and his wife, Ghazala, only made matter worse for him. Several of the party officials spoke out against their nominee, including Arizona Sen. John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan — however, they did not retract their endorsements.
Now, in a move that would shake things up further in the already divided GOP, Khan has called upon McCain and other “good Republicans” to withdraw their support for the hatemongering White House hopeful.
“I implore Sen. McCain … I continue to implore all of the good Republicans who either support or are going to vote for their party’s candidate, this will be a historic moment in the Republican Party,” he told Cronkite News during an interview. “If you publicly rebuked him, you will look back and you will stand tall in front of the nation and you will say you were not for this, we were for (a) better America.”
Khan also revealed that McCain, a war vet himself, was “my and my family’s hero,” and that the last book he sent to his son before he died in the line of duty in Iraq, was the senator's book “Why Courage Matters.”
He recalled having a discussion with his son about the book and McCain's “sacrifice and [the] sacrifice of others to strengthen and care for others.”
The senator, whom Trump once belittled for being shot down and captured during the Vietnam War, has not responded to Khan’s request — yet.
Earlier, following the business mogul’s attack on the Khan family, McCain issued a statement saying that Trump does not have the right to slander anybody he chooses for any reason.
“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 said. “It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. 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.”
Khan is not the first person to ask McCain to do such a thing. Last week, over 100,000 military veterans from around the country signed a petition denouncing Trump and delivered it to McCain’s office, hoping it would prompt him and other GOP leaders to reject their party nominee.
It appears that a lot of people consider the Arizona senator the only one with enough bravado to yank support from under Trump.
Meanwhile, in another interview, Trump denied reports that Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has threatened to pull resources from him. The five-time draft dodger said that if RNC did such a thing, he would just stop funding the GOP.
When Fox News host Eric Bolling pointed out the RNC has a lot of data and resources, the Republican presidential nominee responded: “I’ll let you know on the 9th — November 9th.”