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VFW: Trump’s Remarks About Gold Star Family ‘Out Of Bounds’

Donald Trump’s criticism of immigrant parents whose son died while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq was inappropriate and offensive, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The organization issued a statement blasting the Republican White House hopeful. “Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star mother is out of bounds,” the group wrote. The Hill noted that the VFW is the oldest and biggest veterans’ group in the United States.

“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 Brian Duffy, the group’s top official. “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 all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”

Duffy was referring to Trump’s response to Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American soldier slain in Iraq. The father slammed the billionaire businessman last week at the Democratic National Convention. He declared that the GOP nominee has “sacrificed nothing and no one,” and accused him of having never read the U.S. Constitution.


Trump has advocated a ban on Muslim immigration from certain parts of the world, as well as surveillance of U.S. mosques and a national database to monitor Muslims.

Source: The Hill
Photo: Gage Skidmore

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