(AP)- One of the more endangered Republican incumbents says she’s appalled that Donald Trump would belittle the parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with his insults and disparaging comments about Muslims.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte said in a statement Sunday that Capt. Humayun Khan made the ultimate sacrifice and was a “true American hero.” Ayotte said his family deserves support, respect and gratitude and has every right to express themselves any way they choose.
Ayotte she was “appalled that Donald Trump would disparage them” and that the GOP presidential nominee “had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family.”
In the firestorm over Trump’s comments, the two Republican leaders in Congress – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan – issued statements praising Capt. Khan. But neither made any mention of Trump or backed off their endorsement of the nominee.
Ayotte has said she supports Trump. She is locked in a tough race with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.
(Editorial note) This dichotomy between the values Trump’s minions personally claim and their blind loyalty to Trump despite his repudiation of those values is frightening. It is reminiscent of Hitler’s rise to power. Republicans need to think twice before choosing party over country.
Message to all Trump supporters: OPEN YOUR EYES AND EARS.