Jessie Hellmann – The Hill – Saturday, July 30, 2016
Donald Trump is facing backlash from both sides of the aisle for attacking Khazir Khan, the father of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq that strongly rebuked Trump last week at the Democratic convention.
A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan Saturday responded to Trump’s comments, reaffirming the Speaker’s distaste for Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims.
“The speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country,” AshLee Strong said in a statement to CBS News.
Trump lashed out at Khan over his moving speech last week at the Democratic National Convention, doubting whether he prepared his own remarks and firing off questions over his wife Ghazala’s silence on stage.
In responding to Khan’s comments that Trump has sacrificed nothing for his country, Trump said in an ABC News interview:
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
But some, both from Hillary Clinton’s team and within the GOP, say Trump’s comments are in poor taste.
Tim Miller, a former communications director for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, called Trump’s comments “inhuman.”
“Her son is dead. This is inhuman,” he tweeted. – Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 30, 2016
“Trump is truly shameless to attack the family of an American hero. Many thanks to the Khan family for your sacrifice, we stand with you,” tweeted Karen Finney, a senior adviser for Hillary for America.
“Donald Trump attacks Gold Star mother. Is there nothing sacred?” tweeted John Podesta, chair of Hillary for America.
– John Podesta (@johnpodesta) July 30, 2016
Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist, a known critic of Trump, in a tweet storm called his comments vile.
“This should be unnecessary to say, but in public life, any criticism from gold star families is legitimate and deserves to be heard,” Mackowiak tweeted.
– Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) July 30, 2016