Donald Trump surrogate Carl P. Paladino continued the attacks on Khizr Khan on Friday, saying the father of a slain U.S. soldier does not deserve the title of a Gold Star parent.
Khan and his wife, Ghazala, appeared onstage at the Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Clinton. He condemned Republican presidential nominee Trump’s plan for banning Muslim immigration and questioned his knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Their son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
“We’ve got an unindicted felon as his opponent and you’re talking about Khan, about him making a remark about this man,” Paladino, the co-chair of Trump’s New York campaign, told interviewer Connell McShane on the radio show “Imus in the Morning.”
“All right, I don’t care if he’s a Gold Star parent. He certainly doesn’t deserve that title, OK, if he’s as anti-American as he’s illustrated in his speeches and in his discussion. I mean, if he’s a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or supporting, you know, the ISIS-type of attitude against America, there’s no reason for Donald Trump to have to honor this man.”
In his speech, Khan, a lawyer, described himself as a patriotic American Muslim with undivided loyalty to the country and deep respect for democracy.
Paladino also continued conspiracy talk about Clinton’s health, suggesting she is hiding a problem and saying she is “devious” if that is true.
“If you sit there and just dissect Donald Trump, you may feel that way,” said Paladino, in response to a question about whether Trump should stay the course as far as the tone of his campaign is concerned, considering his poll numbers have declined.
“But if you’re really looking at what’s been exposed about Hillary and Hillary’s demeanor. I mean, just look at the deviousness, if it is true about her health problems. I mean, how devious can a woman possibly be?” he said. “And not telling the American people that she’s got some sickness, she’s definitely impaired.”
Clinton’s doctor released a letter last July that described her health as “excellent.”