DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Andy McGuire, issued the following statement on Iowa Republicans’ refusal to condemn Donald Trump’s criticism of Ghazala Khan:
“Donald Trump’s criticism of Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen soldier Humayun Khan, is despicable and disgraceful. By disrespecting one military family, Trump disrespects all military families. Cpt. Khan gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We should always honor his memory and his family for his brave service. Iowans deserve to know if their leaders are going to stand up against bigotry and fight for our military and their families. It is not enough to simply disagree with Trump or call his comments, ‘a mistake’. Iowa Republicans, including Sen. Grassley, must condemn Trump and his hateful rhetoric which have no place in our political discourse.”
Background: One of the most emotional moments of last week’s Democratic National Convention, came when the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, Humayun Khan, took the stage and gave tribute to their son’s brave service to his country. Khizr Khan’s heartfelt words about his son, his life and his ultimate sacrifice for his country was intended to be a lesson in citizenship. Donald Trump used the speech to attack the family’s religion by claiming Humayun’s mother, Ghazala Khan was not allowed to speak at the Convention because of her Muslim faith.
Ghazalah Khan responded with a Washington Post Op-Ed yesterday morning where she described the incredible pain of losing her son that makes it difficult for her to speak about her loss in public. This morning, Sen. John McCain released a statement, “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement.” During a press conference this morning, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad called Trump’s comments “a mistake” but failed to condemn his comments outright. The Khan family emigrated from the United Arab Emirates 36 years ago. Cpt. was enrolled in ROTC at the University of Virginia, where he hoped to begin his career as an advocate for veterans.