Trump Surrogate Accuses Capt. Khan’s Father Of Using Son As A ‘Shield’ (VIDEO)

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A Republican lawmaker defended Donald Trump Monday amid escalating tension between the GOP nominee and the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, arguing that the Khizr Khan is an attack dog for Hillary Clinton who uses his son “as a shield” from criticism.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), the first House Republican to endorse Trump, told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki that he didn’t agree with Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) condmenation of Trump’s comments. Rather, Collins said he felt Clinton was using the Khan family for political gain.

“At this point, 12 years later, Mr. Khan has decided to enter the fray, attack Mr. Trump in a very inappropriate way when, in fact, it’s Hillary Clinton that ignores the First, Second and Tenth Amendments,” he said. “At that point, I can’t blame Mr. Trump for saying, I’m going to defend my integrity and my understanding of the Constitution.”

Collins went on to point out that Clinton supported the Iraq War, a position Trump repeatedly attacked her for. He then cast Khan as an “attack dog” for Clinton and said that he uses his late son as a “shield” from criticism.

“He’s become Hillary’s attack dog, and every time Donald Trump will say something, he puts up the shield, if you will, of the loss of his son,” he said.

“Mr. Khan is saying I’m immune from anyone criticizing me because my son died in a very heroic loss to the family and also in service of the country,” he continued. “But today he’s taken on a political role as an attack dog for Hillary Clinton, and I think, in that regard, he’s got to take what comes back at him.”

Collins concluded the interview by saying he didn’t not blame Trump at all for the way he acted in response to Khan’s Democratic National Convention speech.

“That was very hypocritical, frankly, of someone to stand next to someone who has absolute disregard for the Constitution and then wave a pocket Constitution out in front of the camera,” Collins said. “That was an insult. We all know Mr. Trump. You take a swing at him, he’s going to punch back. Maybe some of the rest of us in the political world aren’t quite made up of that, but that’s Mr. Trump’s character, and, frankly, I don’t blame him.”

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  1. Disgusting is NOT a strong enough word to describe TRUMP and his apologists.

  2. Benghazi Mom: Only I am supposed to be complaining about the death of my child and only at RNC.

  3. Hey, Chrissie. You and Drumpf are in BIG trouble with the VFW. Perhaps you should have waited for their statement before making a fool o yourself


    August 01, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds, said the new national commander of the near 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary. “Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said Brian Duffy, of Louisville, Ky., who was elected July 27 to lead the nation’s oldest and largest major war veterans organization. “There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed,” he said. “Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”

  4. Trump is jumping so many sharks that they might have to throw a net over him.

  5. Using his dead son as a shield…

    Chris Collins, a fungus so loathsome that 100% chlorine bleach wouldn’t faze him. You’re two of a vile kind with your compatriot Drumpf.

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