Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell jumped into the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and his dismissive comments toward a Muslim-American couple whose son was killed during the Iraq War.
Without mentioning the GOP nominee’s name, McConnell subtly rebuked Trump’s comments directed to Khizr Khan — who delivered a memorable speech condemning Trump’s rhetoric toward Muslims on Thursday evening at the Democratic National Convention — and his wife, Ghazala.
“Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans, I’m grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror,” McConnell said in a statement Sunday. “All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services.”
Khizr Khan, an attorney from Charlottesville, Virginia, delivering a stirring and emotional speech in Philadelphia as he discussed his son, Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 while serving in Iraq. During his DNC remarks, Khan chastised Trump over his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States, adding: “You have sacrificed nothing, and no one.”
In subsequent interviews, Khizr Khan has also singled out McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for backing Trump and has urged the two powerful Washington Republicans to withdraw their support for the nominee.
McConnell made no indication that he would do so in his Sunday statement. But he also stressed that he does not support Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants coming into the United States.