Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican nominee, is not down with Donald Trump's response to Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star parents of an Army captain posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in 2004. They appeared at the DNC and questioned whether Trump had ever sacrificed for America or read the Constitution. Trump responded that the visibly distraught mother was being kept silent because she was a Muslim woman, and that Khizr Khan had "no right" to go on TV and claim Trump hadn't read the Constitution.
The senator, who is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign, said in a statement...
"While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us... He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. 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."
McCain and Trump have a long history of awkward moments. Trump previously insulted McCain's honor as an iconic Vietnam POW, saying that McCain isn't a war hero because he was captured. (McCain, the son of a senator, refused early release by the Viet Cong. To this day, McCain cannot raise his arms above his shoulders due to poor medical care after his plane crash and torture at the hands of the VC.)
McCain has endorsed Trump on the grounds of I'll support whomever is the nominee of the party. This has placed him in a tough spot. He has to lukewarmly back Trump to support his reelection bid (while putting up with comments he has said "bothers me a lot"), many in his family have publicly said #NeverTrump.
Even his granddaughter wrote an entry on Medium titled "For This Republican, Never Trump Means 'I'm With Her.'"
Trump isn't giving up, though, and is still tweeting...
Maybe (just a thought) someone should change Trump's passwords, take him out to lunch, just do something to get him away from his computer (because we know he's not tweeting from that flip phone he uses).