Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a fresh wave of criticism from members of his own party after he criticized the parents of Humayan Khan, a Muslim-American soldier that was killed in action. Those parents spoke at the Democratic National Convention and had stern words for Trump, which the nominee wasted no time responding too. He pointed out that Ghazala Khan, Humayan’s mother, stood by in silence while her husband spoke, and suggested that she did not speak because she was not “allowed to.” Ghazala Khan fiercely contradicted this and stated that speaking of her son was still too painful to do in public.
The nature of his response was seen as so deplorable that prominent voices from within the Republican party were quick to distance themselves from his remarks, not the least of which was Arizona Senator John McCain.
“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” he wrote of the parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan. “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.”
“I wear a bracelet bearing the name of a fallen hero, Matthew Stanley, which his mother, Lynn, gave me in 2007 at a town-hall meeting in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire,” Mr. McCain wrote. “His memory and the memory of our great leaders deserve better from me.”
“Make no mistake: I do not valorize our military out of some unfamiliar instinct,” he wrote. “I grew up in a military family, and have my own record of service, and have stayed closely engaged with our armed forces throughout my public career. In the American system, the military has value only inasmuch as it protects and defends the liberties of the people.”
He added: “In the end, I am morally bound to speak only to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican Party, and more important, the United States of America. I will not refrain from doing my utmost by those lights simply because it may benefit others with whom I disagree. I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.”