Republican White House contender Donald Trump's decision to criticize the parents of a fallen Muslim-American Army Captain is proving to be more than he bargained for.
After Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, with a stirring speech by Khizr addressing Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims in the United States, the Trumpster went on the offensive claiming the mother's silence onstage was perhaps because of their Muslim faith, that women aren't allowed to speak.
Now, a group of 23 Gold Star families (the title used to refer to those families who have lost a loved one during military service to the U.S., have written an open letter asking Trump to apologize to the Khans and all Gold Star families for his insensitive treatment.
From The Hill:
The group of Gold Star families on Monday wrote a letter to the billionaire condemning his treatment of the family of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
"Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know," the group said in a letter published Monday on VoteVets.org.
"Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant, and personally offensive to us."
"When you question a mother's pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us," the families said in the letter.
"When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice."
In the letter, the families said Trump is "cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost."
"You are minimizing the risk our service members make for all of us," the families added.
"This goes beyond politics. It is about a sense of decency. That kind of decency you mock as 'political correctness.' "
The families then urged the GOP nominee to apologize to all Gold Star families and to all Americans for his comments.