August 2, 2016|8:15 am
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Arizona Senator John McCain ripped through Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial comments about the family of a slain Muslim-American soldier, and urged Americans not to associate Republicans with Trump’s views.
“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,” McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement.
The controversy stems from Trump’s questioning of Ghazala Khan, the mother of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.
Trump suggested in an ABC News interview that Khan might have been barred from speaking during her appearance