Marlboro Councilman Jeff Cantor–a candidate in the Monmouth County sheriff race–added his name to the list of those criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments about Humayun and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier. Following a speech made by Humayun Khan at the Democratic National Convention, Trump levied criticism against the family. Cantor, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, released a statement on Monday denouncing Trump as “horrendous” and “without redemption.”
“I am normally not one to speak about my service to our country because I have always considered it not just my obligation, but also my honor,” Cantor said in a statement. “I’ve served in Afghanistan and I served in Iraq around the same time as Captain Humuyan Khan. I’ve served with men like Captain Khan and I know what it is to be faced with the choice to protect your men in your service, potentially at your own peril. The fact is that each and every person in service to this country is a hero, and they and their families have earned our respect for their sacrifice.”
Cantor’s statement continued: “Donald Trump has repeatedly belittled great American warriors like John McCain and Humayun Khan, among the best our country has to offer, and it is time that he apologize for his reckless denigration of those that actually fight to protect our freedoms. I recognize that Donald Trump has his supporters throughout Monmouth County and that this position may not be popular with some, but the reality is that my sense of duty and my love of country will always come before any political or campaign considerations.”
While Cantor’s statement said his denouncement of Trump was unrelated to politics, he did mention a Monmouth County Republican Committee fundraiser held on July 7 called the “Star-Spangled Spectacular.” According to Cantor, “the irony” of that fundraiser “with Donald Trump proudly listed as one of the candidates while he has dishonored those that have sacrificed to keep our country safe should not be lost on anyone.”
Cantor also called on current Sheriff Shaun Golden, a Republican, to join him in “demanding an apology to the Khan family and he should stop supporting Trump with his fundraisers and the continued advertisement of signs for his candidate.” PolitickerNJ reached out to the Monmouth County Republican Committee for comment, but the group declined to respond.
Golden has not formally endorsed Trump for the presidency.