The Veterans of Foreign Wars ripped Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Monday for his comments about Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen Muslim U.S. Army captain, who appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week.
"Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression," said VFW head Brian Duffy in a statement posted to the organization's website.
Khan and her husband, Khizr, appeared on-stage Thursday for the DNC's final night. Khizr chastised Trump in his speech, saying that under Trump's proposed Muslim ban, their son, Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in 2004 in Iraq, would not have been able to serve.
"If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America," Khizr Khan said. "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership."