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Paul Ryan Calls Trump’s Attack On Gold Star Family ‘Beyond The Pale,’ Still Supports Him
But he insists his endorsement isn’t a “blank check.”
08/04/2016 12:14 pm ET
Laura Barron-Lopez
Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Donald Trump’s attempts to discredit the family of a soldier who died in Iraq were “beyond the pale,” but not so unacceptable that he would revoke his endorsement of the candidate.

Over the last week, Trump has engaged in a back-and-forth with the parents of American war hero Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was Muslim. Trump said Khan’s father, Khizr, “viciously attacked” him during his speech at the DNC, and suggested that Ghazala Khan hadn’t spoken because she was not allowed to do so.

Republican leaders, including Ryan, issued statements earlier this week distancing themselves from Trump’s comments about the Khans, saying that the Khans, and their son’s sacrifice, “should always be honored.” Khizr Khan made a direct appeal to Ryan asking him to “repudiate” the Republican nominee. Days later, Trump said he could not endorse Ryan in his primary, which is just a week away.

In his first interview since Trump’s comment, Ryan told Wisconsin radio station WTAQ that his endorsement of the real estate mogul is not a “blank check.”