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UPDATED: Temperamentally Unfit to be Commander in Chief: Donald Trump’s Week in the States

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–August 3, 2016.  Another day, another round of editorials questioning Donald Trump’s fitness to be president and more Gold Star families and veterans speaking out against Donald Trump’s attack on the Khan family. Donald Trump is being covered wall to wall not only nationally — but in the states as well. The problem for Donald Trump – as the Republican National Convention demonstrated – is that the more Americans see his divisive and dangerous rhetoric in their papers and on their local newscasts, the more they see that he is temperamentally unfit to be Commander-in-chief.


Wisconsin – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Speaker Paul Ryan should disavow Donald Trump


Some Mid-Michigan veterans upset about Trump’s recent comments
WJRT // Natalie Zarowny

People all over the U.S. are calling out Donald Trump for comments attacking a Gold Star family – that includes some Mid-Michigan veterans.

“Makes me angry, but it also makes me sad,” said John Nickhola, an Army and National Guard veteran.

Nickhola served for more than a decade. The Flint native is an attorney now, but says hearing the verbal attacks on the Khan family is – for him – a big sign Trump is unqualified to be president.

“It’s not only un-American, it’s again, sinful. It is just absolutely sinful for him to do that and to single these folks out,” he said.


Minnesota Lawmakers, Gold Star Mom Join Call for Trump to Apologize to Khan Family
KSTP // Tom Durian

Minnesota lawmakers, and a former gubernatorial candidate and Gold Star Mom picked up the phone today to call on Donald Trump to apologize to the family of Captain Humayun Khan.

DFL Representative John Lesch, DFL Representative Rob Ecklund, and former state representative and senator Becky Lourey were on the call organized by the Clinton campaign.

Trump has been widely criticized for his reaction to the DNC speech by Khizr Khan, the father of the fallen soldier who questioned what sacrifices Trump had made for his country and accused him of not reading the Constitution.

Representative Lesch said “maybe if the chorus gets loud enough he’ll stop and say, ‘Maybe I did do something wrong’ and actually apologize.”

Former state senator and Gold Star mom says Trump “has no empathy”
Minnesota News Network // Bill Werner

Former state Senator Becky Lourey, whose son was killed on a tour of duty in Iraq, says she’s “deeply dismayed and horrified” by what Donald Trump has been saying to the family of a Muslim American soldier killed in action.

Lourey says young soldiers from Pine and Carlton counties whose funerals she attended, died protecting every American “and our inalienable rights, including the rights of Donald Trump and his family. But Donald Trump has no idea what sacrifice is.”

Lourey says Trump “has no empathy” and “is more than callous — he is dangerous.” State Republican Party officials have not responded to a request for comment.

Gold Star mom, legislators call Trump’s feud with Khans disrespectful
The Forum // Barry Amundson

Minnesota legislators and a Gold Star mother joined in the chorus of rebukes against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Tuesday for his feud with a Muslim-American couple who lost their son in the Iraq war.

Former state senator Becky Lourey, who became a Gold Star mom 11 years ago when she lost her son in combat in Iraq, said Trump should apologize to Khizr and Ghazala Khan for his comments after their brief speech at the Democratic convention last week.

“I don’t think the Khans expect it, but it if it came from his heart then I think he should apologize. Maybe he could end up meaning it,” said Lourey of Kerrick, Minn., who lost her son, Matt, when his helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad.

The controversy has been growing since the Khans, the parents of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed by a bomb in Iraq 12 years ago, criticized Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States, holding up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and suggesting Trump read it.


Trump and Gold Star family: NH GOP outrage grows
New Hampshire Union Leader // Dan Tuohy

A military mother whose son was deployed to Afghanistan. A retired rear admiral and dean of the University of New Hampshire Law School. An Army Green Beret captain who ran for Congress as a Republican. A venerable Republican state senator and 1950s Army veteran.

The chorus of local people upset by Donald Trump’s comments about a Gold Star family is growing.

Christine Vallone of Epping said she empathizes with Ghazala Khan after the Republican presidential nominee questioned why she kept silent while her husband Khizr Khan spoke about their son during the Democratic National Convention last week. Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004.

“If you make a mistake with your initial comments, have the decency to stop, apologize, and not double down,” Vallone said Tuesday during a media call coordinated by Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Epping military mom slams Trump attacks on Khan family
Portsmouth Herald // Erik Hawkins

A local military mother joined a retired rear admiral and former dean of the UNH School of Law on Tuesday in calling out Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as dangerously unfit for the office after “very hurtful” comments he made about a Gold Star military family.

The latest comments to land Trump in hot water came after a speech at the Democratic National Convention by the father of Capt. Humayun Khan, who died serving in Afghanistan. In the speech, Khizr Khan strongly criticized Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Trump, on Twitter and in television interviews following the speech, derided Khan’s parents for “viciously attacking” him and suggested Khan’s mother was not allowed to speak because of her Muslim faith.

Ghazala Khan, the fallen captain’s mother, responded to Trump recently by explaining that she had been overcome with grief and did not speak for fear of crying at the convention.


Trump Insults Gold Star Parents. Why Are N.C. Republicans Standing with Him?
Indy Week // Samantha Bechtold

Khizr Khan’s speech was by far most poignant moment of last week’s Democratic National Convention. In it, he paid tribute to his fallen son, Captain Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004. More pointedly, he called out Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said, offering Trump his pocket Constitution in case he needed to bone up on it.

Trump, of course, took a grieving father’s criticism entirely in stride.

“Mr. Kahn, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same—Nice!” Trump tweeted.

Then: “This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!”


Virginia Republicans: Time To Be Critical Of Trump
Bearing Drift // Shaun Kenney

Of course, you’re not going to find a more principled and direct sniper on all nonsense Trump-related than Rep. Barbara Comstock, who has gone out of her way to show that conservative values simply reject the nativism implicit in Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Rep. Paul Ryan added a bit of flavor to it as well with his photo holding the U.S. Constitution.  Now that is a marker.

Yet the common talking point that seems to be the order of the day — praise Khan, ignore Trump — isn’t enough.

Moreover, it’s the sort of too-clever-by-half Potomac Two-Step that makes things worse, and made Trump a reality.

Virginia Democrats, Veterans Speak Outside Trump Rally
Loudon Tribune // Ryan Butler

Following an Aug. 2 campaign rally by Donald Trump in Ashburn, several Virginia democrats hosted an event for U.S. military veterans, which served as a rebuttal to the Republican presidential nominee and his policies.

Three speakers with military affiliations talked about Trump. They focused heavily on his recent criticisms toward the parents of deceased U.S. army Capt. Humayun Khan, a University of Virginia graduate who died in Iraq in 2004.

“(Trump) is a petulant child who is unfit to lead our military and unfit to lead our country. Period,” said retired Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Kevin Green. The former vice admiral then stumped for Clinton, saying she is the better choice for commander-in-chief.

Green followed another solider, Terron Sims II, who expressed similar views on Trump and Clinton. Sue Hoppin, founder of the National Military Spouse Network, also spoke out against Trump.


Wisconsin veterans denounce Trump’s attacks on Gold Star family
Wisconsin Gazette //

With the Trump campaign preparing for a visit to Green Bay on Friday, Wisconsin veterans are denouncing Donald Trump’s attacks on the parents of an Army Capt. killed in Iraq.

Trump is running 9-10 points behind Hillary Clinton in a CNN poll conducted after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. And also conducted after the GOP presidential candidate widely criticized the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, Capt. Humayun Khan.

Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. His parents, Ghazala Khan and Khizr Kahn, were at the podium at the DNC.

Khizr Kahn addressed the delegates and a TV audience, with his wife at his side.