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Gold Star families demand apology from Trump

Gold Star families demand apology from Trump

Families of almost a dozen fallen soldiers on Monday demanded an apology from Donald Trump for "repugnant" remarks he made in response to the emotional speech given by a father of a slain Muslim Army captain at last week's Democratic National Convention.

Congress in 1947 approved use of the Gold Star lapel button to recognize the families of USA service members killed in combat, according to the Army's Survivor Outreach Services. His father, Khizr Khan, had criticized Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the USA last Thursday.

"You don't attack one Gold Star family, because if you do, you're attacking a lot of us", Meredith, 62, of Mountain View, California, said Monday.

Khan was killed in 2004, while George W. Bush was president and before Clinton served as secretary of state.

"Gold Star families are special, to say the least", said retired Gen. John Kelly, whose son, a US Marine officer, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Celeste Zappala, who also signed the letter, said the grief that Gold Star families suffer earns them the right to say whatever they want. That wasn't the case, and now the Khan's have launched, with the DNC, a full-on media campaign against Trump for his comments.

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The VFW statement came just hours after a group of Gold Star families wrote to Trump.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars said it won't tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right to free speech.

GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn encouraged Trump to apologize to the Khan family, though, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

As the Republican presidential candidate continued to hurl attacks on the family of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, Obama praised the sacrifice of American armed services members and their families at the Disabled American Veterans convention.

In an implicit rebuke of Donald Trump's comments about the family of a Muslim-American soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq, President Barack Obama declared Monday that "no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families". Army Spc. Christopher Neiberger was killed in Iraq in 2007. Humayun Khan, delivered a forceful condemnation of Trump in a speech at the Democratic National Convention. Ted Lieu, D-California, Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, and Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts - sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to withdraw his endorsement of Trump. "I actually saw her standing there as a kind of strength".

Demanding an apology, they said, "We hope you will hear us". "There is a sense of disconnect at times between us and the rest of the country".


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