U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should not have criticized a Muslim American family that lost a son in the Iraq War.
Fischer says Trump’s criticism of the Khan family is unfounded, but that doesn’t mean she is withdrawing her support of her party’s candidate for president.
“I’m not withdrawing my support from Mr. Trump,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I’ve said many times that I’ve had the opportunity to visit with him on issues that are of concern to Nebraskans.”
Fischer says we should all show respect to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and extend that respect to their families. Khizir Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, challenging Trump’s statements on Muslims. Khan, a Muslim American, lost his son in the Iraq War.
Fischer added that Democrat Hillary Clinton carries her own baggage in this presidential race.
Fischer expects the political rhetoric to keep escalating.
“So I think all of us are just going to continue forward to the election. It’s been kind of a strange year for everybody. I hear that from every Nebraskan. We’re going to see how it plays out.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]