If the statement from Mike Pence lauding Humayun Khan as an "American hero" was intended to put an end to the controversy over the fallen US Muslim soldier, it hasn't done the trick. Among the developments Monday:
- John McCain weighed in: "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. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates." Read it in full at CNN.
- Columnist Charles Hurt, however, thinks Democrats deserve blame because they used Khizr Khan—and his son's death—as a political tool at the convention. And Khan "allowed himself to be tricked into it." Read his column at the Hill.
- Khan himself went on CNN Monday morning and said the GOP wasn't doing enough to rein in Trump. "Every Republican has rebuked his behavior, yet no one has stood up and said, enough, stop it, you will not be our candidate.'" See Politico.
- During Khan's TV appearance, Trump tweeted, "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!"
- President Obama entered the fray, though he didn't mention Trump by name, notes Politico. “No one—no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families,” he said Monday, referring to the families of fallen vets.
- While former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski had this to say on CNN: "If Donald Trump were the president, Capt. Khan would still be alive today because we never would have entered the Iraq war in the first place." See the Daily Beast.
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