In response to Donald Trump’s attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, People For the American Way president Michael Keegan released the following statement:
“Millions of Americans have been moved by the Khans’ eloquence about the meaning of our Constitution and their son’s sacrifice on behalf of our country.
“Unfortunately, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not among them. To this family’s patriotism and loss, he responded with shameful bigotry and innuendo. Clearly the Khans need no one to speak for them. But we choose to stand with them in their call for Republican leaders to repudiate Donald Trump.
"More than 60 years ago, a dangerous, bullying demagogue was deflated with a simple question, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?’
“It has become abundantly clear that Donald Trump shares the cruelty and recklessness of Joseph McCarthy as well as his lack of decency. So we put the question to Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders who have rallied to Trump’s side: Have you left no sense of decency?”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.