From The Associated Press:
NEW YORK (AP) — In a defensive crouch, Donald Trump complained Monday about being “viciously attacked” by the father of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq, persisting in an emotionally charged feud that has left him increasingly isolated among fellow Republicans.
Trump broke a political and societal taboo over the weekend when he criticized Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, who was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed in Iraq in 2004. Trump stoked outrage by implying Ghazala Khan did not speak while standing alongside her husband at last week’s Democratic convention because she is a Muslim woman.
The outcry has been swift and bipartisan. On Monday, Republican Sen. John McCain said in a statement that the fact Trump won his party’s nomination doesn’t give him “unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”
McCain added pointedly: “I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you.”
Trump tweeted Monday that “Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same.” He said the focus should be on “radical Islamic terrorism,” not the parents.
Khizr Khan told CNN on Monday that “We want to be out of this controversy. That is not our style. … We want to maintain our dignity,” even as the couple kept up a round of TV appearances. Said his wife: “My religion or my family or my culture …