Clinton accuses Trump of targeting Pakistani-American soldier's parents

Clinton says Trump had been insulting to a family who had sacrificed so much


Reuters August 01, 2016
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CLEVELAND: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump on Sunday of scapegoating the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq, after the Republican nominee took issue with remarks the soldier's father made at the Democratic National Convention.

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Trump, in an ABC interview that aired on Sunday, questioned why Ghazala Khan, mother of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, stood quietly by her husband, Khizr Khan, as he took the stage at last week's Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Trump suggested the mother might not have been "allowed" to speak.

Speaking at a church service, Clinton said Trump had been insulting to a family who had sacrificed so much. She also used the episode to contrast her own religious faith with that of Trump, who has spoken of religion on the campaign trail infrequently.

"I don't begrudge anyone of any other faith or of no faith at all, but I do tremble before those who would scapegoat other Americans, who would insult people because of their religion, their ethnicity, their disability," Clinton said in remarks at the Imani Temple Ministries, an African-American church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Mother of Pakistani-American war hero says Trump ignorant of Islam, sacrifice

"It's just not how I was raised, that's not how I was taught in my church," said Clinton, who grew up as a Methodist. "Tim Kaine and I are people of faith," she said, referring to her vice presidential running mate, who is a Catholic.

Top Republican lawmakers House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also condemned Trump's remarks in separate statements, although they did not mention their presidential candidate by name.

"Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example," Ryan said.

"His sacrifice - and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan - should always be honored. Period." he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Ghazala Khan took up her own defense in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, saying her husband had asked her in advance whether she would want to speak at the convention but that she had decided she would be unable to do so on stage because of her pain over the 2004 death of her son.

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"Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn't allowed to say anything. That is not true," she wrote. "When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant."

In a statement issued on Sunday evening by the Trump campaign, Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, said that he and the Republican nominee "believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero" that his family, like other families of fallen soldiers, "should be cherished by every American."

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Chas Holman | 4 years ago | Reply Today Mr Trump suggested the United States should accept the Russian invasion/annexation of Crimea. He is spiraling out of control quickly and anyone with eye's that wants to use them can see clearly. He simply has so little clue about what he is speaking of when it comes to foreign affairs, and at this point he is becoming dangerous. It's insulting to us all at this point.. Except for what we have seen on reality TV, NONE of us know a darn thing about the real Mr Trump or his charming communist block born wife, anymore than we know about the real Eddie Haskel from Leave it to Beaver.. Mr Trump has no public service, or military record to be vetted on, and wont show you who he owes the most money to either. And that simply is 'not ok'. Mr Trump, we really need to see your tax returns at this juncture so the nation can make sure you are not beholden to Kremlin interests and many many unpaid Russian loans. You are now officially talking like a satellite Putin, and it is really becoming quite disturbing that so many in the GOP are watching in fear, but far too cowardly and unethical themselves to take an AMERICAN stance against Mr Trumps utter anti American/Allies ignorance...
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