Following Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments deriding Humayun Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. soldier, the chairman of Atlantic County’s Democratic organization is calling for his GOP counterpart Keith Davis to rescind his endorsement for the one-time Atlantic City casino magnate. Khan had spoken against Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week, calling Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration dangerous.
“Donald Trump’s slander of Captain Khan’s family is shameful,” Suleiman said. “How many hateful things does Trump have to say before the Atlantic County Republicans speak out? They need to do the right thing and renounce their endorsement once and for all.
“I’m still flabbergasted that the county Republicans would endorse Trump given his record of cheating businesses in Atlantic City. And yet with all of his hateful comments about women, Muslims, and Mexicans, why still radio silence by the GOP? Does the Atlantic County Republican Party endorse Trump smearing the family of fallen American soldiers or does the party simply lack the courage to speak out against it? The voters of Atlantic County deserve to know.”
Trump’s record of bankruptcies and penchant for stiffing contractors with contract loopholes during the construction of his casinos there have come under fire from his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Former Republican presidential nominee and Vietnam veteran John McCain denounced Trump for his comments earlier this week, and Suleiman believes Atlantic County’s Republicans should do the same. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also came to the Khan family’s defense.
“Sometimes in public service, you need to make difficult, unpopular decisions. It is my hope that the leadership of the Atlantic County Republicans makes the right decision and renounces their endorsement of Donald,” Suleiman continued. “We call on Republican Chairman Keith Davis, County Executive Dennis Levinson, Assemblyman Chris Brown and other local Republican officials to follow the example of national Republicans such as Senator John McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan in denouncing Donald Trump’s outrageous and incendiary comments.”