As the dumpster fire resulting from Donald Trump’s decision to enter into a feud with the family of a fallen war hero continues to burn, the latest twist comes from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, who forcefully condemned the GOP nominee’s continued attacks on Khazr Khan and his wife.
“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said VFW Commander-in-Chief Brian Duffy according to Raw Story. “There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed. Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”
According to Raw Story, other Gold Star families called Trump out in an open letter in defense of the Khan family.
“When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us,” the open letter to Trump reads. “When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice.”
This Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Khan responded to Trump’s comments regarding his speech at the Democratic National Convention last Thursday night, specifically Trump’s suggestion that Khazr’s wife Ghazala Khan didn’t say anything because she wasn’t “allowed.”
After VFW blasted Trump in a support, Trump: "I think I have tremendous support from the vets."
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 1, 2016
Is there anyone left that Trump has yet to alienate at this point? He's lost the VFW. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/Jj5EBvg6NW
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 1, 2016
Khan’s son, Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 by a suicide bomber. The Khan family are practicing Muslims and were invited to speak at the DNC as an example of patriotic Muslim Americans.
“We have a candidate without a moral compass, without empathy for its citizens,” Khan said of the GOP nominee.