The father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in the line of duty and the Republican presidential nominee continue to lob verbal bombs at each other, with Khizr Kahn dismissing Donald Trump's attack on his wife as being "typical of a person without a soul." Kahn is digging deep in his attacks, telling the Washington Post that "this person is void of empathy. He is unfit for the stewardship of this great country. You think he will empathize with this country, with the suffering of this country’s poor people? … All the snake oil he is selling, and my patriotic, decent Americans are falling for that. Republicans are falling for that. And I can only appeal to them. Reconsider. Repudiate. It’s a moral obligation. A person void of empathy for the people he wishes to lead cannot be trusted with that leadership. To vote is a trust. And it cannot be placed in wrong hands.”
The backlash against Trump's comments has been furious and bipartisan, notes the AP, with Bill Clinton saying, "I cannot conceive how you can say that about a Gold Star mother." Republicans including Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell remained silent, while John Kasich hit his former rival, tweeting, "There's only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect. Capt. Khan is a hero. Together, we should pray for his family." Said Hillary Clinton: "Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing." She added that Trump is "temperamentally unfit and unqualified" for the job.