>> Republican Senator John McCain on Monday weighing into a political firestorm, defending the Khan family against Donald Trump. McCain issuing a statement saying, quote, in recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier's parents. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.
McCain, a former POW and celebrated war hero standing up for the family of a Muslim American soldier, Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2005. The soldier's father, Khizr Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan, stole the spotlight at the DNC, calling on Trump to visit the graves of American soldiers from many backgrounds at Arlington National Cemetery.
The speech setting off an angry response from the presidential candidate who criticized the parents and implied that Mrs. Khan was silent at the DNC because she is a Muslim woman. And he's not letting go, tweeting this morning, Mr. Khan who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC, and is now all over TV doing the same.
Nice! Top Republican lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also condemned Trump's remarks in separate statements although they did not mention their presidential candidate by name. McCain going a step further on Monday adding quote, 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.
Trump and McCain have tussled before, Trump once saying McCain was not a war hero, adding that quote, I like people who weren't captured. Dispute their rebukes, McCain along with Ryan and McConnell, stopped short of rescinding their endorsements of Trump.