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Monday, Aug 1 2016

How Can Portman Still Support Trump After He Denigrated Gold Star Family?

Aug 01, 2016

Somehow, Senator Rob Portman is still supporting Donald Trump after Trump lashed out at Gold Star parents for honoring their son who was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber.

Trump this Sunday displayed his indignant and reactive temperament by questioning Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who spoke at the DNC convention on behalf of their son killed in 2004. The Khans made an impassioned case against Trump for hoping to ban people from the U.S. on the basis of their religion, as well opposing Trump for vilifying people like their son from serving in the U.S. military based on their religion.

A Portman spokesperson claims that Portman “does not agree with Donald Trump’s remarks and believes that Capt. Khan was an American hero.” That’s good and well, but Rob Portman’s staunch refusal to revoke his Trump endorsement is what really matters, and Portman remains committed to getting Trump in the White House, even as Trump runs as an anti-immigrant demagogue with nothing to offer but hate and fearmongering.

“What will it take for Senator Portman to categorically cut ties with Trump and his dangerous breed of nationalism?” asked Jessica Mackler, president of American Bridge. “Trump’s disregard for our soldiers’ sacrifices is even more evidence that he is fundamentally unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”

Published: Aug 1, 2016

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