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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Alumisource, a metals recycling facility in Monessen, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Trump, top Republicans at odds over presidential candidate's battle with Gold Star family


After the Democratic National Convention, Donald Trump went on the attack.

The real estate mogul insulted Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim solider killed in Iraq, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. Khizr Khan gave a moving speech at the DNC, accusing Trump of having never read the U.S. Constitution.

After the interview, Trump's campaign tried to justify his comments with a statement saying that Khan said "inaccurate things" about Trump.

Top Republicans are trying to distance themselves from Trump's latest comments. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan put out a statement saying, "Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example... His sacrifice and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan should always be honored. Period."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent out a statement that read, "Capt. Khan was an American hero... All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services."

Yesterday, Trump tried to downplay his attack.

Even Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, weighed in when he told Wolf Blitzer, "I'm talking for the party, and I believe these Gold Star families are off limits, and they're to be loved and cherished and honored."

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is up for re-election, took umbrage with Trump's comments, writing, "I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates."

Former Trump rival Jeb Bush weighed in on Twitter.

So did Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte condemned Trump for his comments about the Khans. 

Ayotte's statement read, "I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage them and that he had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family."

Despite the swift condemnation, the GOP nominee has not lost the support of his party, or its members over his attack. Since his comments, no Republican senator or representative who previously supported Trump has withdrawn their support. 

Should the GOP dump Trump?

Only Rep. Richard Hana, R-N.Y., who previously declined to support Trump, said that he would support Hillary Clinton after the Khan incident, telling Syracuse.com, "I was stunned by the callousness of his comments... I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?" 

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