John McCain Issues Stirring Statement: ‘Donald Trump Disparaged a Fallen Soldier’s Parents’

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 8.54.12 AMMoments ago, Arizona Senator, war hero, and former Republican party nominee John McCain issued a lengthy statement in response to Donald Trump‘s commentary surrounding the Khan family.

“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents,” the statement reads in part. “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.”

Khizr Khan, the father of Muslim fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, spoke emotionally last week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in support of the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, calling out Trump directly for his inflamed rhetoric against Muslim-Americans. Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this weekend, “If you look at [Khan’s] 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.” A feud of sorts has quickly developed between Trump and the Khan family, who have now appeared on a number of talk shows to speak out both about their son’s death and the impact of Trump’s tone.

McCain’s statement continued, “Captain Humayun Khan of the United States Army showed in his final moments that he was filled and motivated by love. His name will live forever in American memory, as an example of true American greatness.” It continues (emphases McCain’s):

In the end, I am morally bound to speak out to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican party, and more importantly, 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.

Last summer, the real estate titan set off a firestorm when he suggested the McCain — who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war at the hands of the North Vietnamese in the late 60’s — was not a war hero. “I like people who weren’t captured,” he said to the shock of his Republican colleagues.

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