Pennsylvania Veterans Denounce Trump for Remarks About Khizr, Ghazala Khan
A group of Pennsylvania veterans have called out Donald Trump for his recent remarks about a family who lost their son in battle.
Congressman Chris Carney, a former commander in the Navy Reserve, Manan Trivedi, former Lt. Commander in the Navy and congressional candidate, and Gale S. Pollock, retired U.S. army major general, all participated in a call with reporters this afternoon denouncing the Republican presidential nominee’s statements.
This most recent controversy comes after Trump suggested that Ghazala Khan, the mother of the fallen soldier, was barred from speaking at the DNC because of her religion. Khizr Khan, her husband, spoke last week at the Democratic National Convention as his wife stood by his side.
“Folks like me who have served this country honorably for many years are disgusted,” said Carney, who represented the 10th district of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It is unbelievable what he is saying about Captain Khan and Captain Khan’s family,” added Trivedi, who added that the remarks were “beyond the pale.”
Some in the group also suggested that Trump would be dangerous for the military. Pollock suggested that military members would be put in a “very, very difficult situation” if they were ordered to do something they found immoral or illegal.
Trump, who will hold a campaign event in Mechanicsburg tonight, has not apologized for the remarks.
“An apology to the Khan family is very important,” said Pollock, noting that it has to be sincere. Still, the veterans here all agreed that an apology may not be enough.
“I don’t know if there’s anything he can say,” said Carney.
Trump has given no indication that he will apologize. He has, however, been active on Twitter regarding the incident.
This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016