GOP Leaders Very Supportively Denounce Donald Trump’s Policies, Comments

GOP Leaders Very Supportively Denounce Donald Trump's Policies, CommentsPhoto: AP

In the wake of Donald Trump’s bigoted attacks on the parents of a fallen Muslim soldier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan issued separate statements on Sunday defending Khizr and Ghazala Kahn while strangely failing to mention the Republican presidential candidate who insulted them.…

“All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services,” wrote McConnell. “And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values.”

Ryan similarly “rejected” Trump’s comments and proposed Muslim ban without directly criticizing the man responsible for both.

“America’s greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it,” wrote Ryan. “As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it.”

“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ryan continued. “Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice—and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan—should always be honored. Period.”

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Khizr Khan said Republican leaders had an “ethical obligation” to “not worry about the votes” and withdraw their support of Trump. But while McConnell and Ryan apparently find Trump’s actions and proposals to be un-American, they aren’t un-American enough to be a deal breaker.…

“It is a moral obligation—history will not forgive them,” said Khan. “This election will pass, but history will be written. The lack of moral courage will remain a burden on their souls.”

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Watch the Best Parts of Donald Trump’s Insane Interview With George Stephanopoulos

Before spending the weekend going back and forth with DNC speaker Khizr Khan, whose son died serving the U.S. Army in Iraq, Donald Trump sat down with George Stephanopoulos to talk about Putin, foreign policy, and just how much Michael Bloomberg sucks at golf. It is, perhaps, one of Trump’s most embarrassing election interviews yet.

Now, theres’s admittedly some tough competition in the Trump nightmare interview bracket, but take, for instance, this little bit on Russia’s presence in Ukraine:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yeah, they took away the— part of the platform calling for provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine to defend themselves. Why is that a good idea?

TRUMP: It’s— look, you know, I have my own ideas. He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want-

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?

TRUMP: Okay— well, he’s there in a certain way...

He’s there in a certain way.

Or the segment below, in which Stephanopoulos calls Trump out on pretending not to know Michael Bloomberg:

It is Donald Trump at his most pristinely petty—and all while being caught in a lie, at that.

TRUMP: ...Michael Bloomberg has wanted to run for president for probably as long as you have known him and guess what? He never had the guts to do it. And now I see this guy up on stage saying negative things. He knows nothing about me. He’s never been to my office. I don’t know him well.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You played golf together.

TRUMP: Maybe once.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s what he hit you on in the speech....

TRUMP: And I hit the ball a lot longer, and a lot better.

In the interview, we also get to see Trump responding to Khan’s claim that Trump has never sacrificed anything for his country, as well as about five solid minutes of Trump describing just how much Putin loves him.

Paul Rieckoff, the founder and CEO of the non-partisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told ABC, “For anyone to compare their ‘sacrifice’ to a Gold Star family member is insulting, foolish and ignorant. Especially someone who has never served himself and has no children serving. Our county has been at war for a decade and a half and the truth is most Americans have sacrificed nothing. Most of them are smart and grounded enough to admit it.”

You can read the full transcript of Trump’s interview with Stephanopoulos at ABC here. I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough.

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