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During her first stop in Columbus as the official Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton chided Donald Trump today for his continuing criticism of an Islamic couple whose U.S. soldier son was killed in Iraq.“I personally think that Donald Trump...

Hillary Clinton in Columbus: Trump poses 'serious threat' to US democracy

During her first stop in Columbus as the official Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton chided Donald Trump today for his continuing criticism of an Islamic couple whose U.S. soldier son was killed in Iraq.“I personally think that Donald Trump...

Hillary Clinton in Columbus: Trump poses 'serious threat' to US democracy

During her first stop in Columbus as the official Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton chided Donald Trump today for his continuing criticism of an Islamic couple whose U.S. soldier son was killed in Iraq.

“I personally think that Donald Trump poses a serious threat to our democracy,” she told a few thousand gathered outdoors under the hot sun at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Educational Center.

“It’s going to be up to all of us to repudiate the hatefulness, attacks on distinguished military leaders … or insulting the family of a fallen soldier, Captain Khan, an American Muslim who sacrificed his life to protect his unit and other soldiers.”

Trump has spent much of the past couple of days attempting to extricate himself from the questions he raised about Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004. Khizr Khan, with his wife at his side, gave an emotional speech during last week’s Democratic National Convention that was highly critical of Trump. The speech unexpectedly went viral, drawing fire from the GOP nominee.

“Mr. Khan made the ultimate sacrifice in his family, didn’t he?” Clinton told the congregation this morning at Imani Temple Ministry in Cleveland.

“And what has he heard from Donald Trump? Nothing but insults, degrading comments about Muslims, a total misunderstanding of what made our country great.”

Khizr Khan went on the offensive against Trump during a pair of Sunday talk show appearances.

"He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country,” Khan told CNN.

His pointed convention speech captivated watchers after he pulled a pocket Constitution – a badge of honor among many Republicans – out of his jacket and challenged Trump to read it.

“The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief -- that our experience in this country has been correct and positive,” Khan said today.

“The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.”

Saturday night in Youngstown, Clinton said, “Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing. ... He is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president of the United States.”

Trump’s remarks drew fire from more than Democrats. Ohio Gov. John Kasich – in a tweet that was re-tweeted by Clinton and interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile – wrote Saturday: “There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect.”

The phrase denotes a military family who has lost a loved one.

Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina told the New York Times, “There used to be some things that were sacred in American politics, that you don’t do, like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier, even if they criticize you. If you’re going to be leader of the free world, you have to be able to accept criticism, and Mr. Trump can’t.”

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose husband is a military veteran, labeled Humayun Khan a "true American hero," the Washington Post reported.

"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," the GOP senator said.

Trump wondered how Mr. Khan had the right to criticize him, and whether his Muslim wife was required to remain silent during his convention speech. The Khans later said Mrs. Khan was too emotional to talk about their late son at the convention. She wrote a column for today’s Washington Post.

“Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?” she wrote.

“Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.”

Trump had said he sacrificed while creating tens of thousands of jobs and while he “built great structures.”

Trump released a statement Saturday saying, “While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”

Trump tweeted this morning that “Captain Khan, killed 12 years ago, was a hero, but this is about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our ‘leaders’ to eradicate it!”

He also complained: “I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond?”

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