Rick Perry Echoes Trump Hate, Tells Khizr Khan ‘Shame On You’

The former governor of Texas decided to back Donald Trump against Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen American soldier who spoke at the DNC.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric against Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim solider who sacrificed his life in combat for the United States.

Khan spoke powerfully at the Democratic National Convention in July, condemning Trump for spurring on Islamophobia in the country and asking the billionaire what he had sacrificed for the country.

Trump responded by insulting Khan and his wife, asking whether his wife was even allowed to speak during the DNC, while his campaign’s co-chair declared that Khan did not deserve the title of a Gold Star parent because he was “anti-American.”

Now Perry has joined in, defending Trump’s comments by claiming Khan started it: “In a campaign, if you’re going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you,” he said on CNN.

“Why in the world that he thought he was going to get a free ride with that is beyond me," he continued. “He shouldn’t get a free ride when he’s going to inject himself into the political arena."

Khan said nothing wrong in his DNC speech, and certainly nothing that warranted Trump’s offensive response—as the father of a slain Muslim solider, he shared a perspective on Muslims in the U.S. Trump and his supporters are completely blind to.

According to The Texas Tribune, Perry only endorsed Trump in May and had previously called him a “cancer on conservatism”—he has, apparently, had a drastic change of mind since then.

Twitter users quickly called out Perry for attacking a Gold Star family and backing Trump.

Perry has made numerous controversial comments in the past, but supporting Trump against a veteran’s family was an indefensible move on his part. 

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