Trump draws backlash for comments on slain soldier's father
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE is facing backlash from both sides of the aisle for attacking Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq who strongly rebuked Trump last week at the Democratic National Convention. 


A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) Saturday responded to Trump's comments, reaffirming the Speaker's distaste for Trump's rhetoric about Muslims.

"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," AshLee Strong said in a statement to CBS News.

Trump lashed out at Khan over his moving speech last week at the Democratic convention, doubting whether he prepared his own remarks and firing off questions about his wife, Ghazala Khan, remaining silent on stage.

In responding to Khizr Khan's comments that Trump has sacrificed nothing for his country, Trump said in an ABC News interview:

"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."

But some, both from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE's team and within the GOP, say Trump's comments are in poor taste. 

The Democratic presidential nominee put out a statement saluting the couple but steering clear of criticizing Trump's response.

"I was very moved to see Ghazala Khan stand bravely and with dignity in support of her son on Thursday night. And I was very moved to hear her speak last night, bravely and with dignity, about her son’s life and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country,” she said in a statement, referring to a TV appearance by Ghazala Khan Friday night. 

“This is a time for all Americans to stand with the Khans, and with all the families whose children have died in service to our country. And it is a time to honor the sacrifice of Captain [Humayun] Khan and all the fallen. Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them.”

Others were more direct in their rebuke of Trump, the Republican presidential nominee.

Tim Miller, a former communications director for Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, called Trump's comments "inhuman." 

"Her son is dead. This is inhuman," he tweeted.  

John Weaver, a Republican strategist for former GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich also rebuked Trump, saying he has "no redeeming qualities."

Kasich himself later tweeted to call for "honor and respect" when talking about "Gold Star parents."

"Trump is truly shameless to attack the family of an American hero. Many thanks to the Khan family for your sacrifice, we stand with you," tweeted Karen Finney, a senior adviser for Hillary for America. 

"Donald Trump attacks Gold Star mother. Is there nothing sacred?" tweeted John Podesta, chairman of Hillary for America. 

Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist and known critic of Trump, in a tweet storm called his comments vile. 

"This should be unnecessary to say, but in public life, any criticism from gold star families is legitimate and deserves to be heard," Mackowiak tweeted.