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Donald Trump comments on Khizr Khan, Ghazala Khan, and politicians react

Donald Trump has started a feud with the parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier, and many leaders, including some in his party, are not pleased.

Khizr Khan, the father of Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2014, had harsh words for Trump in his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Khan asked if Trump had ever read the Constitution, criticized him for calling for a ban on Muslims and said the Republican nominee has made no sacrifices in his life.

Trump responded on Twitter, writing, "Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our 'leaders' to eradicate it!" Appearing on ABC, he also questioned why Khizr Khan's wife, Ghazala, didn't say anything while she stood next to her husband on the stage. "She was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me," Trump said.

Ghazala Khan then wrote a Washington Post op-ed, calling Trump ignorant of Islam and sacrifice.

Throughout the back-and-forth between Trump and the Khans, other politicians have spoken up. Here's what they have had to say.

Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said criticism of
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said criticism of the Khans is "inappropriate," according to Politico. "The pain of losing their son while defending our country is unfathomable, and I think it gives them the right to say whatever they want, whether they're right or wrong," Christie said.

"We need to honor their sacrifice for our country and we need to honor their son's sacrifice for our country," he added. "And to focus on anything other than that, to me, is missing the point."

John McCain

In a written statement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.),
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In a written statement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is a veteran, said he hopes Americans know that Trump's remarks don't reflect the views of the Republican party. "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement," he wrote. "While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us." McCain praised Humayun Khan for saving lives and said he is "an example of true American greatness."

Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to Trump's remarks
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House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to Trump's remarks by saying Humayun Khan's "sacrifice -- and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan -- should always be honored. Period." He also said he rejects the idea of banning Muslims from entering the country and praised all Muslim Americans who have served the country by joining the military.

Barack Obama

President Obama called Trump
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President Obama called Trump "unfit" to be president, partially because of his comments on the Khan family. "The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf or our country ... means that he's woefully unprepared to do this job," Obama said at a press conference on Aug. 2, 2016. He questioned why the Republicans who have denounced Trump's remarks are still endorsing him.

Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused Trump of
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton accused Trump of scapegoating the parents of Humayun Khan. "I don't begrudge anyone of any other faith or of no faith at all, but I do tremble before those who would scapegoat other Americans, who would insult people because of their religion, their ethnicity, their disability," she said.

Richard Hanna

New York Rep. Richard Hanna wrote an op-ed
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New York Rep. Richard Hanna wrote an op-ed explaining why, even though he is a member of the Republican Party, he will not support Trump -- and he will vote for Hillary Clinton. "In his latest foray of insults, Mr. Trump has attacked the parents of a slain U.S. soldier. Where do we draw the line?" he said. "For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country."

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Humayun Khan
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Humayun Khan "an American hero" and said he disagrees with Trump's call for a ban on Muslims. "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," he said in a statement.

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