Even Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie think Donald Trump should have shut his trap about the heroic Khan family.
The New Jersey governor, a big Trump supporter and a finalist to be the mogul’s running mate, said the parents of fallen Muslim-American war hero Humayun Khan — whom Trump has criticized — have the “right” to speak their mind.
“I didn’t see Mr. Khan’s speech at the DNC but I’ll just say this: I’m a father and I just cannot imagine the pain of losing a child under any circumstances,” Christie said at press conference in Trenton. “And for Mr. and Mrs. Khan, 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.”
Donald Trump has dug himself into a bit of a hole after insulting the parents of a Muslim-American war hero after they spoke at the DNC.
“We need to honor their sacrifice for our country and we need to honor their son’s sacrifice for our country,” Christie said. “And to focus on anything other than that, to me, is missing the point. That’s what we should be doing, and any comments that we’re making publicly or privately should be with that in mind.”
The remarks represent a rare break from Trump, who Christie has followed around obediently in the months since he ended his own 2016 bid.
Meanwhile, Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, and a Trump surrogate, said Tuesday that the mogul’s insulting comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan were “not a fatal blow” to his presidential bid but that he would still have been well-advise to not criticized them.
Trump support Chris Christie said the Kahn’s have the “right to say whatever they want.”
“Look, I think it could have been handled better. I think he knows that,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends,” about Trump’s decision to go after the Khans.
“My advice to Donald would be very simple … You have one person to attack: Hillary Clinton. And Barack Obama because it’s the Obama administration,” he added. “Let all of us, myself, (Newt) Gingrich, (Chris) Christie, his whole army, let us attack everybody else. That’s always been my rule in politics, which is you’re running against one person, don’t run against the world.”
But Trump’s son Eric, apparently didn’t get the memo.
Rudy Giuliani and Judith Giuliani attend OCRFA’s 19th Annual Super Saturday N.Y.
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During another interview, on CBS’ “This Morning” that aired at the same time, the younger Trump said his rich daddy’s remarks had been “blown hugely out of proportion.”
“First of all he said the Khan family looked like amazing people in that interview which for whatever reason never wants to get reported,” Trump said. “He called him a hero on so many different times.”
Khizr Khan and wife Ghazala, parents to fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, appeared at the Democratic National Convention.
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The elder Trump has insultingly questioned Ghazala Khan over her decision to not speak at last week’s Democratic National Convention, where her husband Khizr delivered a passionate criticism of the mogul, and has also gone after Khizr himself repeatedly on Twitter.