Some Republicans, including Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, have weighed in on the controversy involving nominee Donald Trump and Khizr Khan, the Muslim father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
Gov. Sam Brownback issued a statement on the controversy Monday:
“Recently, the Gold Star parents of Captain Humayun Khan spoke of the ultimate sacrifice paid by their son on the Iraqi battlefield of the war on terror,” the statement said. “Their story is a gripping testament of the price paid by the families of military members who nobly choose to defend their country and the ideas for which it stands. The courage and pain of Khizr and Ghazala Khan should be honored by all Americans.”
Brownback also called for civility in state races.
Other Republicans have been less forthcoming.
We sent emails to spokespersons for Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Republicans from Kansas, seeking reaction to the controversy. Moran and Yoder are running for re-election.
UPDATE: Late Monday afternon, Roberts spokeswoman Sarah Little said “Senator Roberts is a Marine who fully supports Gold Star Families. He does not agree with Donald Trump’s comments.”
The others did not respond.
We’ve also contacted spokespersons for Reps. Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler, both Missouri Republicans. No response.
We’ll add their reaction here if we get them.
We asked former Sen. Bob Dole’s office for a comment. A spokesperson declined.