LEWISTON, Maine - Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Maine U.S. Sen. Bill Cohen has joined a growing list of Republicans criticizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent performance.
Appearing on BBC television this week, Cohen said he was "appalled" by Trump's criticism of the Khan family "and the way he said it." The Khans are the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was awarded a purple heart after being killed in combat in Iraq. They were invited to speak about their son at the Democratic convention.
"For him to, number one, criticize Mr. Khan by suggesting that Hillary Clinton may have written his speech, and, number two, to go after Mrs. Khan and indicate her silence must be telling us something. Maybe she can't talk. Maybe Sharia law. I thought it was beneath anyone to do that," Cohen said.