Swing-state GOP senator calls on Trump to apologize to the Khans

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers MORE (Wis.), who faces a tough reelection race in November, on Wednesday joined the Republicans calling on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE to apologize for his comments to the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004.


Johnson, considered among the most endangered incumbents as he faces former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), had previously praised the Khans, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week, in a statement that made no mention of Trump.

But on Wednesday he went further in an interview with WTMJ radio, as first reported by The Associated Press, calling on the GOP presidential nominee to say he's sorry for attacking Khans.

"I’ve spoken to a number of Gold Star moms and dads, and they just deserve our utmost respect. What else can you say? I can't put myself in their position — I can't imagine losing a child. I can’t imagine that sacrifice. So all you can do is respect it and honor it and that’s all that you should do," Johnson said.

"He should apologize," he added.

Trump had slammed Khizr Khan, saying he had no right to question his views on the Constitution. He also suggested Khan's wife was not allowed to speak at the convention because of her religion.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the first of the 2016 White House hopefuls to endorse Trump, said his response was "inappropriate."

And a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.), AshLee Strong, said that the Speaker "rejects" Trumps criticism.

"The Speaker has made clear many times that he rejects this idea, and himself has talked about how Muslim Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country," she said.

Trump on Tuesday said that he did not regret his statements, including responding to Khan's questions about his sacrifices by discussing his successful business career.

"I don’t regret anything," Trump said.

"I said nice things about the son, and I feel that very strongly. But, of course, I was hit very hard from the stage, and you know it’s just one of those things — but, no, I don’t regret anything."