Senator and former POW John McCain issued a statement on Monday morning denouncing Donald Trump for his remarks about the parents of fallen Army Captain Humayan Khan.
“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.”
“While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”
In the end, I am morally bound to speak out to the things that command my allegiance, and to which I have dedicated my life’s work: the Republican party, and more importantly, the United States of America. I will not refrain from doing my utmost by those lights simply because it may benefit others with whom I disagree. I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.
Read the full statement below:
New John McCain stmt. on the Khans: "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement." pic.twitter.com/t9wiehkYqI
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 1, 2016