Burr: Latest Trump controversy ‘not a high point’ in campaign


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s criticism of the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has created big backlash.

It’s another controversy that has fellow Republicans answering questions, including North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who visited Wilmington today.

Last week the Khan family took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to discuss the ultimate sacrifice their son Army Capt. Humayun Khan made in 2004 dying for his country. Khan’s father also had strong words for Trump.

“You have sacrificed nothing,” Khizr Khan said.

Over the weekend, Trump responded during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump said. “I work very very hard I’ve created thousands of thousands of jobs.”

His response and comments about why Khan’s mother stood silently with her husband at the DNC has led family’s of service members killed to demand an apology and has some Republican leaders questioning Trump’s ability to lead. But that does not include Burr.

“The Khan family, just like any family that has sacrificed through the loss of a child, deserves our gratitude and not the criticism they’re being given,” Burr said today.

Despite the criticism Burr says he still supports Trump.

“Campaigns and elections many times bring out the best and worst. This is not a high point,” Burr said. “But we will move on to the issues that I think the American people care about and that’s jobs and security.”

Burr’s opponent Deborah Ross said she isn’t surprised by his response.

“This is typical Richard Burr and it’s the worst of Washington politics,” Ross said. “Sometimes you can’t have it both ways. What Donald Trump said was inexcusable and Richard Burr owes North Carolina’s military families an explanation of how he can continue to support Trump as Commander in Chief after his offensive comments.”

Burr says win or lose, this will be his last election. He says he is ready to step away from office.

Burr faces Democratic challenger Deborah Ross in November.

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