- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

Legendary actor and film director Clint Eastwood believes the Khan family is being “exploited” by Democrats over the death of their son, a Muslim-American solider killed in Iraq in 2004.

Donald Trump sparked a firestorm after he criticized Army Capt. Humayun Khan’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who spoke out against the Republican presidential nominee during the Democratic National Convention last week.

Mr. Eastwood, who has praised Mr. Trump for being politically incorrect, said there should be a limit to his brashness.

“I mean, you don’t have to be rude to somebody,” the 86-year-old told TMZ in West Hollywood Wednesday night. “But also, the guy was being exploited by a political party. That’s no good either. Whether either party does it, exploitation shouldn’t take advantage of some poor slob.”

Mr. Eastwood made headlines earlier Wednesday following an interview with his son, actor Scott Eastwood, in Esquire magazine.

“I’d have to go for Trump” over Hillary Clinton, he said. “‘Cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”

He said Mrs. Clinton would be “a tough voice to listen to for four years.”

“It could be a tough one. If she’s just gonna follow what we’ve been doing, then I wouldn’t be for her,” Mr. Eastwood said.

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