Gold Star families publish open letter condemning Donald Trump

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A group of Gold Star families has released an open letter condemning Donald Trump and demanding an apology over the candidate’s comments about the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.

The letter, posted on the website VoteVets.org, calls Trump’s comments “repugnant and personally offensive to us.”

The families took particular issue with Trump’s comments that implied Ghazala Khan was not allowed to speak publicly because of her faith:

“When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us. When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice. You are not just attacking us, you are cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost,” they wrote.

 

Khan stood silently by her husband’s side during his speech to the Democratic National Convention last week, but later spoke to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and penned an op-ed in the Washington Post

Seventeen families of fallen service-members signed the letter, which called for Trump to apologize for his statements.

“We feel we must speak out and demand you apologize to the Khans, to all Gold Star families, and to all Americans for your offensive, and frankly anti-American, comments.”

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