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Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer rebukes Trump

Dakota Meyer spoke to soldiers and their spouses at a job fair in Fort Campbell in April 2014. Meyer said Tuesday via Twitter that Donald Trump owes an apology to the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan.
Dakota Meyer spoke to soldiers and their spouses at a job fair in Fort Campbell in April 2014. Meyer said Tuesday via Twitter that Donald Trump owes an apology to the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan. AP

Medal of Honor recipient and Kentuckian Dakota Meyer says Donald Trump owes the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan an apology.

Meyer tweeted Tuesday night, “If (Trump) wants to be the commander in chief, he needs to act like one. And that can’t start until he apologizes to the Khans.”

Khan, a captain in the Army, died while serving in Iraq in 2004. His father, Khizr Khan, with his wife alongside him, spoke at the Democratic National Convention, telling his son’s story and criticizing the Republican presidential nominee, saying Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.” He objected to Trump’s comments about Muslims and his plans to restrict Muslim immigration and questioned whether Trump had ever read the U.S. Constitution.

Trump responded by suggesting in an interview with ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that Khan’s words were not his own.

“Who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it?” Trump said. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”

He also criticized Khan’s wife, Ghazala.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say,” Trump said. “She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

Meyer, a former Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011, is one of a number of people who have since criticized Trump’s remarks.

In response to the disapproval, Trump’s campaign released a statement saying in part, “While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan, who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution (which is false), and say many other inaccurate things.”

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