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Gov. Scott Walker Rebukes Trump's Attack on Slain Soldier's Father

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By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 10:18 AM

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin joined other Republican leaders in distancing himself from Donald Trump following the GOP presidential candidate's controversial remarks about Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. soldier who criticized Trump in a speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.

A one-time GOP presidential contender himself, Walker wore a black wristband commemorating American soldier Christopher Horton, who died in Afghanistan, while speaking to The Hill about Trump's remarks.

"To me, I just think about it, from my point of view, just from a personal, not even a political level, I hold Gold Star families in such reverence," Walker said. "They've earned our respect. I would never, I don't care what they say, you'll never hear me question anything about a Gold Star family."

Following Khizr Khan's speech, Trump suggested that his wife, Ghazala, didn't speak because "she wasn't allowed to have anything to say," in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos broadcast Sunday.

The bereaved mother fired back, in print.

"Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn't allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not," Ghazala Khan said in an opinion piece in The Washington Post published Sunday.

"My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God's eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.

"Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?"

Walker isn't the only member of the Republican Party to take offense with Trump's remarks. Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, a former Marine, told The New York Times: "Having served in Iraq, I'm deeply offended when Donald Trump fails to honor the sacrifices of all of our brave soldiers who were lost in that war."

"This is going to a place where we've never gone before, to push back against the families of the fallen," said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. "The problem is, 'unacceptable' doesn't even begin to describe it."

Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich took to Twitter:



"I've gone to too many funerals," Walker said. "I've met too many families and it's just . . . what they've sacrificed is unbelievable."

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