Marine Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is coming down on Donald Trump, saying the presidential candidate need to apologize to the parents of a Muslim US Soldier killed in combat if he ever wants to become the next Commander in Chief.
Meyer -who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 and is the son-in-law of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin- said that Trump overstepped himself when he insulted Army Captain Humayun Khan, a US Army soldier who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.
Khan’s parents -Khizr and his wife- were featured at the Democratic National Convention and spoke out against Trump’s proposal of freezing entry of foreign Muslims into the United States, saying the candidate has sacrificed “nothing and no one.”
Trump reviled the Gold Star parents, lambasting them and suggesting that Khan’s wife was not allowed to speak due to the fact she was a Muslim woman.
According to Marine Corps Times, Meyer said trump needs to be more presidential and expect criticism as a public figure. In his opinion, the Khan family are private citizens and can not only say what they wish, but deserve better treatment.
“They can say stuff to him, and he [shouldn’t] say anything back,” Meyer said.
“If @realDonaldTrump wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one,” Meyer tweeted. “And that can’t start until he apologizes to the Khans.”
The Marine veteran -whose mother in law supports Trump- also took issue with Trump saying he always wanted “to get the Purple Heart” after he was given one by an Army veteran earlier this week.
“Not one person who has served wants that,” Meyer said. “It just shows his lack of understanding to this community who mostly supports him. He needs to get in touch with his supporters and back on his feet so he can be the great leader I know he can be.”
Meyer feels that Trump would be supportive of the military but needs to start acting like a professional.
“Nobody wants to vote for Hillary Clinton,” he said. “But what I want is a commander in chief who definitely understands the people he’ll be leading to protect this country.”
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