Gold Star Mother responds to Trump comments on the Khan Family

Washington, DC - Karen Meredith, who lost her son, Ken Ballard, in Iraq on Memorial Day 2004, has released the following statement regarding Donald Trump's comments about the Khan family, earlier today.  

The Khan family lost their son, Cpt. Humayun Khan, in Iraq, and spoke about it at the Democratic National Convention. Trump, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, said that Mrs. Khan stood with her husband and didn't speak because she is Muslim, and that he sacrificed like the Khans because he built buildings and hired workers.

In response, Meredith said:

"On Memorial Day 2004, my life ended when I was notified that my son, Ken Ballard, died in Iraq.  My future ended.  I now live with a pain that will never go away.  Donald Trump has never known that pain and that kind of sacrifice – and I would never wish it upon him. 

The parents of Humayun Khan showed great courage, standing up in front of the Democratic Convention.  Mrs. Khan, who was too grief-stricken to speak to such a large audience, showed extraordinary courage and strength by standing on stage with her husband.  For Donald Trump to insult their culture, by saying that is why she did not speak, is offensive.  

Donald Trump has already disrespected our POWs, and our veterans, and now, he has insulted the fallen and the families of the fallen.  This is an attack on all Gold Star Families.  It is an attack on service, and the spirit of service, itself.  

Our men and women in the military make sacrifices every day.  Our military families make sacrifices every day.  Donald Trump hasn’t sacrificed anything close to that.  Building buildings is a job.  He didn’t lose anything.  Even when he went bankrupt he didn’t lose anything.  All he did is lose other people’s money.

These egregious statements must be condemned.  Not just by Democrats and those who are not voting for Trump.  At what point to Republicans finally stand up to Donald Trump and tell him ‘enough?’   If they are not willing to stand up to him right now, when he attacks our fallen and Gold Star Families, are they ever going to be willing to stand up to him?  When will Paul Ryan stand up to him?  When will Mitch McConnell stand up to him?  When will Reince Priebus stand up to him?  If not now – when?”

Karen Meredith is a Gold Star mother.  Her son, 1LT. Ken Ballard, first deployed to Iraq on Mother’s Day 2003.  She was notified of his death, on Memorial Day, 2004.   Ballard had been killed in combat, near Najaf, Iraq. 

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