New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez became the latest to criticize GOP nominee Donald Trump over his war of words with the Muslim parents of a slain army officer.
The first-term governor said Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala "have every right to voice their opinions in the political process," reports KOAT.
Criticizing the Khans, Martinez said, is "absolutely wrong."
The Republican presidential nominee got into a back-and-forth with the family after Khizr gave a keynote address during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, reports CNN. Khizr, father of slain Army Capt. Humayun Khan, pulled out a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and blasted the New York businessman for his stated plans to screen -- and possibly reject -- Muslim immigrants and travelers from entering the U.S.
The story has dominated headlines since then, after Trump pushed back. The nominee called the Army captain "a hero," but said his parents' performance at the convention distracted from the issue of radical Islamic terrorism. Trump also pointed out that his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, voted for the war in Iraq.
Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also blamed Clinton for supporting the circumstances that led to the captain's death.
"Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror," Pence said. "Due to the disastrous decisions of [President] Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a once-stable Middle East has now been overrun by ISIS. This must not stand."