Gold Star mother demands Donald Trump apologize for comments against Khan family

Gold Star mother demands Donald Trump apologize for comments against Khan family

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump's comments about the Gold Star family who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week.

Trump has been getting the heat from people in his own party and other Gold Star families.

Summer Lipford-Mickelson is just one of many Gold Star mothers leading a fight against Trump. Her son, Steven, was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. Now, she's demanding that Trump apologize.

"Every time he opens his mouth, it's one more bit of truth to the hate that he projects," Lipford-Mickelson said.

She is very outspoken about her feelings toward Trump.

"I hate him almost as much as I miss my son," Lipford Mickelson said.

She said she cannot keep quiet about the statements made by Trump about Ghazala Khan.

"She had nothing to say, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say, you tell me," Trump said to media outlets, insinuating that Khan's religion held her back from speaking.

Khan is Muslim. She later released a statement saying she did not want to speak because it was just too painful.

"For him to question the grief of this mother, regardless if she's Baptist or Catholic or Jewish or Hindu or Muslim, is wrong," Lipford-Mickelson said. "It was questioning all of us; how do we all feel about losing our children."

Lipford-Mickelson was emotional at times talking about her experience and sympathy for Khan.

"He's validating us to hate each other," Lipford-Mickelson said. "It angers me that this woman ... I know her pain completely and totally understand her pain, and that he would question why she could not speak. It's beyond despicable."

She and dozens of other Gold Star families have sent a letter to Trump demanding he apologize.

"He needs to apologize to the United States of America. He needs to apologize to every living military man and woman serving right now and every veteran that this has insulted," Lipford-Mickelson said.

WMBF News has reached out to Donald Trump's campaign for comment, but have not heard back at this time.

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