CHICAGO (CBS) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to face heated backlash Thursday for his attacks on the family of a fallen veteran, and for accepting a Purple Heart as a gift from a retired Army colonel.
Standing at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza across the Chicago River from Trump Tower, former Ald. James Balcer, a Marine veteran who received three Purple Hearts in Vietnam, said Trump accepting a Purple Heart from a campaign supporter is disrespectful, and not something that should be taken lightly.
“You cannot understand the hurt that the families go through, and what they’ve been through, to lose a loved one,” he said.
Balcer also blasted Trump for his attacks on Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, after their appearance at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
“There should be civility in politics, and certain things are off-limits, and talking about the Gold Star Family members in that tone is absolutely wrong,” he said.