By George Bao July 30, 2016
LOS ANGELES – “Slandering a mom and dad who lost their son in service of our country is a new low even for Donald Trump,” U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu said in a statement Saturday.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA33) issued a statement in response to Donald Trump’s recent disparaging comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star parents of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan, his wife Ghazala by his side, recounted to the crowd how his son was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.
Mr. Lieu spoke at the convention immediately following Mr. Khan and had the opportunity to briefly meet him and his wife after their powerful speech.
“Having served on active duty in the US military, and as a Colonel in the Reserves, it is difficult for me to watch the Republican nominee continue to bring down America and our good people. I will continue to pray for Trump’s dark, dark soul full of hatred and contempt,” Lieu said in the statement.
“What is more surprising is that Speaker Paul Ryan continues to stand by Donald Trump. Having served with Speaker Ryan, I know that in his heart he does not share Donald Trump’s hatred, racism, or sexism,” Lieu continued.
“I call upon Speaker Ryan to do what his heart has been telling him all along and withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump,” Lieu concluded.
Khan repeatedly blasted Trump’s immigration proposals — specifically those aimed at barring Muslims — and said the billionaire businessman has “sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Trump said in the ABC interview to be aired Sunday: “I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me,” Trump added.