From The Associated Press:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Clinton defended the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain, saying Donald Trump has a “total misunderstanding” of American values and has inflamed divisions in American society. Her comments came after the Republican nominee refused to back down from his criticism of the Gold Star parents’ remarks.
Making her most extensive statements about the Khan family since Trump criticized their Thursday night convention appearance, Clinton expressed concerns about the GOP nominee’s character, saying he repaid a family that made the “ultimate sacrifice” with “nothing but insults” and “degrading comments about Muslims.”
“I do tremble before those who would scapegoat other Americans, who would insult people because of their religion, their ethnicity their disability,” she told parishioners in a Cleveland church on Sunday morning. “That’s just not how I was raised.”
Trump again defended criticism Sunday, complaining on Twitter that Khizer Khan in his speech at the Democratic National Convention “viciously attacked” Trump.
“Am I not allowed to respond?” Trump tweeted. “Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!”
It was the latest bitter rhetorical volley between the defiant Republican candidate and the family of a fallen soldier since the two parties concluded their major conventions last week and the nation looked ahead to a close election this November.
Yet again, Trump left Republican leaders facing demands to denounce their party nominee and overshadowed Clinton’s campaign message with controversy. Joined by running mate Sen. Tim Kaine and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, the Democratic nominee was in the midst of a post-convention bus-tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.
At last week’s Democratic National Convention, Pakistan-born Khan told the story of …