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Silence from Cotton re Khizr Khan

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The picture of sacrifice.
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Republican nominee for president (but not a presidential nominee) Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on the father of fallen soldier are being repudiated by a growing number of his fellows in the GOP. 

Trump's really gone off the rails since Khizr Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said at the Democratic convention last week that Trump had "sacrificed nothing and no one." Trump blew his stack over the comments. Cluelessly, he said he'd sacrificed by building Trump Tower, etc.; somehow, lucrative work is a sacrifice for Trump, I guess. Apparently needing to let off more steam, Trump then criticized Khizr's wife Ghazala for not speaking. Probably not allowed to, the Donald said.

So far from the GOP:

Sen. John McCain: "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statements. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates... While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us." said being the nominee did not give Trump  "unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us. ... I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: "There used to be some things that were sacred in American politics - that you don't do - like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier even if they criticize you. If you're going to be leader of the free world, you have to be able to accept criticism. Mr. Trump can't." 

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry of Texas: "I am dismayed at the attacks Khizr and Ghazala Khan have endured after they spoke about their son's service and sacrifice. There is never enough honor we can show to the families of those whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Service to our country is above politics." 

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire: "I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage (the Khans) and that he had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family."  

Read on:

The AP has a roundup of these and other Republican responses so far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan also defended the Khans, though they did not mention Trump. That prompted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to observe, “This shouldn’t be hard. 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."

So what is Army veteran Sen. Tom Cotton saying? So far, silence. I have sent an email, as instructed by Cotton's DC office, to his spokesperson, Caroline Rabbitt, asking if he will make any kind of response. For that matter, what about the governor, who while in Congress was a former member Veterans’ Affairs Committee? Or the rest of the Republican delegation? Sen. John Bozeman's Democratic opponent Connor Eldridge had this to say: 

"It is truly appalling that Donald Trump would criticize the parents and family of a veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice for America. He should be ashamed for putting Khizr and Ghazala Kahn through even more strife. Humayun Khan’s service and life — as well as his parents’ — should be honored in the highest regard. That's why I unequivocally condemn Mr. Trump's disrespectful treatment of the Khans in recent days. When a presidential candidate acts in such an offensive, callous manner, it is incumbent upon those in a position of leadership to call out such remarks. Though typical, Sen. Boozman's silence is unacceptable, and it only serves to enable Mr. Trump to continue his hateful, despicable behavior. As I have had to do too often in the past, I call on Sen. Boozman to join us and many top Republicans — including Sen. John McCain — in unequivocally condemning Mr. Trump's offensive, detestable remarks and ask how he can still support a nominee who consistently shows no respect for even those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to this country. Sen. Boozman has only condemned a remark made by Trump one time — and that was after I repeatedly called on him to do so. While he apparently wants to hide, I will continue to speak out and call on him to do the same."

Meanwhile, Trump is undaunted by GOP disfavor. Monday's Tweet: "Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!"


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