The father of a fallen Muslim-American war hero who’s been criticized by Donald Trump on Monday urged the hate-spewing GOP nominee’s advisers “set him right.”
“Every decent Republican has rebuked his behavior, yet nobody has stood up and said: ‘Enough. Stop it. You will not be our candidate,'” Khizr Khan, whose son Captain Humayun Khan was slain in 2004 by suicide bombers in Iraq, said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”
But Khan also took a nobly conciliatory tone toward the bombastic billionaire, encouraging him to “join hands with good Muslims” in a unified effort to fight terrorism.
“We are the solution to dealing with the terrorism in the United States,” Khan said, before signaling that he and his wife Ghazala Khan had no desire to remain in the spotlight.
“I really want to maintain mine and my family’s dignity,” Khan said. “We want to be out of this controversy.”
Republican leaders, after a days-long silence following Trump’s initial criticism of the Khans, continued to speak out against their nominee Monday.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) denounced Trump’s comments, saying in a lengthy release that he “cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statements.”
“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,” McCain, a former Vietnam veteran and former prisoner-of-war who himself was criticized last year by the mogul, said.
But McCain, who wrote that the U.S. is “a better country because of” the Khans, failed to formally pull his support for Trump.
On Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Trump’s veep pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also offered support to the Khans as well – but Ryan and McConnell didn’t even call out the Republican nominee by name for his criticism and didn’t come close to revoking their endorsements of him.
It was too little too late anyway for the beleaguered party: It took several days for GOP leaders to hit back at Trump, who in the aftermath of Khan’s initial speech Thursday night, doubled down on his criticism of Muslim-Americans and offered nasty words for Khan’s wife Ghazala, who stood steadfastly by her husband’s side during the speech.
His also remarks drew stern criticism from President Obama, who said Monday that he was “pretty tired of some folks trash-talking America’s military and troop,” and Brian Duffy, the commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, who said that “there are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed.”
Even Mayor de Blasio weighed in, predicting the Trump’s latest gaffe is “something Donald Trump will not come back from. It’s just too much.”
On stage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Khan blasted Trump, saying, “you have sacrificed nothing and no one.” Holding up a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, Khan told Trump: “You’re asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, look for the words, liberty and equal protection (under) law.”
Ghazala Khan herself bravely shot back at the mogul, defending, in an eloquent op-ed column in The Washington Post Sunday, her decision to not say anything at the DNC.
Trump, for his part, appeared to be no closer to backing down from his bigoted views on the Khans.
“Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same – Nice!” Trump tweeted midway through Khan’s interview on CNN Monday morning.
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