John McCain Torches Donald Trump Over Criticism of Humayun Khan's Family

John McCain Torches Donald Trump Over Criticism of Humayun Khan's Family
Source: AP
Source: AP

Sen. John McCain on Monday denounced Donald Trump's comments on the Muslim American family whose son died in the Iraq War, saying Trump's statements "do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates."

McCain's rebuke of his party's standard bearer, and his attempt to distance other Republicans from him, shows just how damaging Trump's attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan have been on his electoral chances in November.

"In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier's parents. 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," said McCain, a former GOP presidential nominee and one of the country's most revered veterans, having been detained and tortured for five years in Vietnam. 

McCain is just the latest Republican to denounce Trump's attacks on the Khans, who, in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, said Trump's policy to ban Muslim immigrants from the United States would have prevented their son — who died serving in Iraq — from entering the U.S. 

_____________________________________________

Read more: 
Which polls are best? 5 questions every voter needs to ask when reading election polls
Here's the Donald Trump scene in 'Home Alone 2' you may have forgotten about
Here's what Donald Trump would actually need to do to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall
Why the presidential debate format is broken — and how we can fix it
Here's Donald Trump's stance on the economy, immigration and the issues facing millennials

_____________________________________________

The Khans questioned whether Trump had read the Constitution before proposing the Muslim ban, and have said keeping Trump out of the White House is a "moral imperative." In doing so, they earned the scorn of Trump himself, who said he had sacrificed just as much as the Khans — despite not serving in war nor losing a child on the battlefield. 

Trump went on to call the Khans' comments "vicious," said the Khans had "no right" to question whether Trump read the Constitution, and even attacked Ghazala Khan for allowing her husband to do the speaking at the DNC, suggesting her Muslim faith is what likely silenced her. 

After Trump's comments, the Khans have made the cable rounds to defend themselves, saying Trump doesn't understand the "meaning of sacrifice." Ghazala Khan added that she did not speak at the DNC because she is still overcome with grief over the death of her son. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte have also come out against Trump's attacks on the Khans. But none of the Republicans who have repudiated Trump's statements have revoked their support of Trump's campaign — including McCain.

Neither McConnell nor Ryan even mentioned Trump in their statement.

"I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values," McConnell said. 

Democrats, on the other hand, said the Republican response to Trump's comments did not go far enough, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid calling GOP leadership "spineless."

"This shouldn't be hard," Reid said in a statement on Sunday. "Donald Trump is a sexist and racist man who insults Gold Star parents, stokes fear of Muslims and sows hatred of Latinos. He should not be president and Republican leaders have a moral responsibility to say so?."

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Emily C. Singer

Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

MORE FROM

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Democratic brand, WH Communications Director, Jared Kushner to be questioned

Here are the important stories to know for Monday, July 24