Veterans of Foreign Wars: Trump attacks are out of bounds

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Trump attacks are out of bounds
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars denounced Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat O'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms MORE's attack on the parents of a fallen service member, calling it "out of bounds." 

"Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds," said a statement by the VFW, the nation's oldest and largest veterans organization. 


“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said Brian Duffy, the organization's leader. 

Trump attacked the parents of Humayun Khan, an Army soldier who was killed in the Iraq War, after they spoke during the Democratic National Convention and criticized Trump's remarks about Muslims. 

On Monday, several Republican lawmakers disavowed Trump's attacks, including the chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services committees, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire MORE (Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas), along with Wisconsin governor and former presidential candidate Scott Walker. 

“There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed,” Duffy said. “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”