The co-chair for Donald Trump’s campaign in New York is defending the Republican nominee’s attacks against the Khan family, saying that Trump does not have to respect or refer to Khizr Khan as a “Gold Star parent” because he is “a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In an interview with “Imus in the Morning” interviewer Connell McShane, surfaced by BuzzFeed News, Carl Paladino said that focus in the election has unnecessarily shifted negatively to Trump, despite having an “un-indicted felon,” presumably Hillary Clinton, in the race and a supporter of hers, Khan, being undeserving of the title of “Gold Star parent.”
“We’ve got an un-indicted felon as his opponent and you’re talking about Khan, about him making a remark about this man,” he said.
“All right, I don’t care if he’s a Gold Star parent,” he continued. “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.”
Paladino, who made a failed bid for governor of New York in 2010, went on to say that he does not feel that Trump should change his rhetoric in any way and that no one can be sure that President Obama is not a Muslim.
‘Wait, wait wait,” he said. ‘How do you know that’s not true?! That’s not fair, Connell! You’ve formed a conclusion about a man because he’s told you that.”
“This is a ridiculous talk,” McShane said.
Listen to the full segment below via BuzzFeed News: