Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce after he defended Donald Trump’s abhorrent comments on Gold Star family. On Wednesday, Congressman Pearce told reporters that Trump’s comments were “well within bounds.”
“Congressman Pearce should be ashamed of himself for defending Donald Trump’s comments about Army Captain Humayun Khan’s family. New Mexico has a strong tradition of service, and our veterans deserve respect from our candidates. If this is a signal of how Republicans are going to treat our Gold Star families, we need to make sure Democrats get elected up and down the ballot in 2016, and Merrie Lee Soules is the choice for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
Video of Pearce’s Comments is available here.
During the Democratic National Convention, the parents of fallen Muslim Army Captain Humayun Khan delivered remarks expressing the serious nature of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Immediately, Donald Trump came out attacking the Gold Star family on Twitter and later in televised interviews.
Despite many GOP leaders coming out against Trump’s rhetoric, Representative Pearce defended Trump. The New Mexico GOP remains silent on this issue and continues to support Donald Trump for president.