- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Republicans who have said they’ll support Donald Trump for president weighed in Monday on his ongoing feud with the parents of a slain Army veteran.

Rep. Cresent Hardy said he’s “deeply offended” by Trump’s comments about the family of Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

A growing number of Republicans in Congress have joined Democrats and veterans groups in criticizing Trump’s comments, although none have told The Associated Press they’re dropping their support for him as a result.

Khan’s father spoke out against Trump last week at the Democratic National Convention, and Trump questioned whether Khan’s mother, who stood quietly next to her husband, had been allowed to speak.

“Donald Trump should apologize immediately; anything less is unbecoming of the office of which he seeks,” said Hardy, who’s in a tough re-election bid against Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen. “There is no greater sacrifice to our nation than to give your life for the freedom of your fellow countrymen. The Khan family deserves better than this from the leaders of our country.”

Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian, who introduced Trump at a rally in Las Vegas in June, is still planning to vote for him in November, according to his campaign.

“All of America’s fallen heroes and Gold Star parents deserve our respect and honor,” Tarkanian said in a statement when asked about Trump’s comments on the Khan family. “I have nothing but appreciation for all of their sacrifices.”

Rep. Joe Heck, who’s in a competitive race for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, was on duty with the Army Reserves and was unavailable for comment, according to his campaign. Rep. Mark Amodei was introducing Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, at rallies in Reno and Carson City on Monday and wasn’t immediately available to comment.

At the rally in Carson City, Pence quieted a campaign rally crowd that booed a woman who had asked how he can tolerate what she said was Trump’s disrespect of American servicemen.

The woman said her son serves in the U.S. Air Force. She asked Pence Monday during a town hall meeting at the Carson City Casino in Nevada about Trump’s treatment of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan.

Pence asked the crowd to quiet down, then said about the questioner: “That’s what freedom looks like. That’s what freedom sounds like.”

He continued: “Capt. Kahn is an American hero. We honor him and his family … we cherish his family.”

In reference to Trump, Pence added that he’s never spent time around someone who is “more devoted” to military and to veterans.

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Associated Press Reno correspondent Scott Sonner contributed to this report.


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