Letters to the Editor

Trump owes Gold Star families an apology

Thank you for running articles about Donald Trump defaming the Khans (CDT, 8/2). I’m a veteran who earned my Vietnam Service Medal in Southeast Asia in 1972-73.

Trump suggested that Mrs. Khan was a Muslim doormat and compared the loss of her son to “sacrifices” he’s made as a businessman. The 2016 Republican candidate for president apologized while noting that Capt. Khan, who was killed while defending his men in Iraq, died 12 years ago, apparently Donaldspeak code for “get over it.”

A year ago, The Donald got away with questioning the heroism of Sen. John McCain, who was held for five years as a POW. Fellow veteran Sen. Lindsey Graham has joined McCain in condemning Trump’s diatribe about the Khans. Veterans of Foreign Wars and at least five other veterans organizations have also spoken out against his repugnant behavior.

This goes beyond politics. It is about a sense of decency that Trump mocks as “political correctness.” He should sincerely apologize to the Khans, Gold Star families and all my fellow citizens for his many offensive, and frankly, anti-American, comments.

When will his supporters wake up to the reality that the man is unfit to be commander-in-chief by minimizing the risk our service members (including my grandsons) make for all of us?

For those of us who aren’t wild about Hillary Clinton, either, there is an alternative.

Vote for Dr. Jill Stein for president, and her VP running mate, Ajamu Baraka, on the U.S. Green Party ticket in November.

Douglas M. Mason, Port Matilda