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John McCain Defends Khan Family, Slams Trump

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

John McCain rebuked Donald Trump on Monday for his recent comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a slain U.S. soldier, challenging the GOP nominee to "set the example for what our country can and should represent."

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"Arizona is watching," Sen. McCain said in a lengthy statement. "It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. 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."

McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former POW whom Trump has ridiculed, praised the fallen Muslim soldier, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Capt. Khan's death "was a shining example of the valor and bravery inculcated into our military," McCain said. "His name will live forever in American memory, as an example of true American greatness."