Updated on August 1 at 11:16 a.m. ET
NEWS BRIEF A number of Republican lawmakers are severely criticizing Donald Trump for his remarks about the parents of a Muslim soldier who died while deployed, but stopping short of withdrawing their support of the GOP nominee.
On Monday morning, Senator John McCain issued a statement, saying that Trump’s comments are not representative of the GOP, but he refrained from pulling his endorsement. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” he said. “I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.” Last year, Trump said McCain was “not a war hero” despite being a prisoner of war.
Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son, Captain Humayun Khan, died while serving in Iraq, appeared before the Democratic National Convention last week. Khizr Khan delivered a blistering rebuke of Trump, who has called for a temporary ban of Muslims entering the United States. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America,’” Khizr Khan said. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims … Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’”