Billionaire investor Warren Buffett urged voters to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November, mocking Republican rival Donald Trump over his ongoing war of words with the parents of a slain Muslim Army officer.
Buffett, a longtime supporter of Democrats and progressive causes, said the Republican presidential candidate had no right to claim he's made "sacrifices" compared to Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who died while serving in Iraq.
The Khans were keynote speakers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Khizr delivered an impassioned speech and tore into Trump for his stated plans to screen -- and potentially block -- Muslim immigrants and travelers looking to enter the U.S.
Since then, the story has received major play in the press as the New York businessman and immigrant parents exchanged words via headlines.
“How in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings?” Buffett said, reports MarketWatch. “Trump and his family have sacrificed nothing; building buildings is not sacrifice.”
“I ask Donald Trump: ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir?’” Buffett added.
Speaking in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett introduced Clinton at a rally after working his way down a list of criticisms aimed at Trump.
Buffett asked his fellow billionaire to release his tax returns -- something Trump has yet to do -- saying he'd meet with Trump "anytime, anyplace" to review their taxes together.
“You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid about,” Buffett said. “He’s not afraid because of the IRS. He’s afraid because of you.”
Trump had not responded to Buffett, but earlier in the week tweeted that it was Clinton who sent the Khans' son to Iraq.
The real estate mogul's twitter feed was devoid of recent messages about the Khans, focusing instead on a Wall Street Journal story from Aug. 1 that reported Clinton's role in setting up a technology center in Russia while she was secretary of state. After Clinton recruited American and Russian firms to invest in the center, The Wall Street Journal reported, those firms made sizeable donations to the Clinton Initiative.