Arizona Senator John McCain expressed a profound level of disagreement on Monday with Donald Trump, particularly his recent comments targeting the parents of deceased Army captain Humayun Khan. The senator — who has yet to rescind his endorsement of Trump for the presidency — told Politico that he was “morally bound” to make a statement on the matter, despite the fact that it might be to the benefit of “others with whom I disagree.”
Trump recently got into a feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan after the two gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that heavily criticized him. At one point, Khizr pulled out a copy of the United States constitution from his pocket and offered to lend it to Trump. Khizr, in an attack against the billionaire’s often divisive rhetoric, particularly against Muslims, accused him of having never read the document before.
“If it was up to Donald Trump, [Humayun] never would have been in America,” said Khan during his DNC speech. “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims … He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”
Trump, characteristically, did not respond well to the speech. He tweeted that the couple had “no right” to use their platform on the convention stage to attack. During an interview with ABC News, Trump also made the bigoted insinuation that Khan’s wife remained silent during the speech because she wasn’t permitted to speak, referring to the false notion that all aspects of Muslim culture marginalize women. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
McCain, who has himself been targeted by Trump’s vitriol in the past, had a different take on the matter. He told Politico:
‘In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Lastly, I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. 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.’
Captain Khan was killed in action during the Iraq war in 2004. The Muslim-American serviceman died while inspecting a suspicious vehicle armed with explosives, telling his troops to stand back before he took 10 steps forward. The vehicle exploded, and Khan sacrificed himself to save his men.
The fact that Trump even bothered to try and feud with the couple is already beyond reprehensible. Many other leading GOP figures have spoken out against him for his comments, but like McCain himself, many continue to endorse his bid for the presidency in spite of what he says.
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