Clinton: Time to ‘pick country over party’

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she speaks with Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on their campaign bus after visiting Imani Temple Ministries in Cleveland, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Clinton and Kaine are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Imani Temple Ministries in Cleveland on Sunday. AP

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, in Denver, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Brennan Linsley

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton, left, speaks at a rally at David L. Lawrence Convention in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from right, accompanied by Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., left, Tim Kaine's wife Anne Holton, second from left, and former President Bill Clinton, right, gives a thumbs up to supporters as they arrive at a rally at David L. Lawrence Convention in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Clinton and Kaine are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at K'NEX, a toy company in Hatfield, Pa., Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds baby cousins Evelyn Kate Keane, 6 months old, and Kellen Campbell, 3 months old, following his speech Friday, July 29, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP) Stacie Scott

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton boards her campaign bus after visiting Grandma's Cheese Barn in Ashland, Ohio, Sunday, July 31, 2016. Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are on a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at K'NEX, a toy company in Hatfield, Pa., Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center right, attend a factory tour with K'NEX President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Araten in Hatfield , Pa., Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump speaks Friday, July 29, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Stacie Scott/The Gazette via AP) Stacie Scott

Published: 7/31/2016 8:58:09 PM

Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Donald Trump repaid the “ultimate sacrifice” of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with insults and degrading comments about Muslims, as the soldier’s bereaved father pressured Republican Party leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee.

Clinton’s comments came after Trump refused to back down from his criticism of the Gold Star parents’ remarks.

“Am I not allowed to respond?” Trump had tweeted. “Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!”

It was the latest bitter rhetorical volley between the defiant Republican candidate, Clinton and the family of a fallen soldier since the two parties concluded their major conventions last week and the nation looked ahead to a close election this November.

Trump’s stand has once again left Republican leaders facing demands to denounce their party nominee and overshadowed Clinton’s campaign message with controversy.

“He is a black soul,” said Khizr Khan, whose son Humayun received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed in Iraq in 2004. “And this is totally unfit for the leadership of this beautiful country.”

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, he said, “It is majority leader’s and speaker’s moral, ethical obligation to not worry about the votes, but repudiate him, withdraw the support.”

Likewise, Clinton told Republicans on Sunday: “This is a time to pick country over party.”

In statements released Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned any criticism of Muslim Americans who serve their country and rejected the idea of a Muslim travel ban – an idea proposed by Trump earlier in the campaign.

But neither statement mentioned Trump by name or repudiated him.




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