“As a daughter of immigrants, and a daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I honor the service and sacrifice of Capt. Humayun Khan in defense of our country,” said Gitsham in an email to supporters.
“While Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president, and I am a Republican candidate for Congress, his rhetoric does not represent my beliefs, nor does it reflect the central tenants of our party. We honor those who wear the uniform, are grateful for their bravery, and celebrate their diversity,” she said.
At the Democratic National Convention last week, Khan’s father said his son died for America and challenged Trump not to discriminate against Muslims. Trump quickly criticized Khan and his wife in a series of tweets and interviews.
“I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me?” said Trump in one of his tweets.
Gitsham, who worked in the George W. Bush White House and now owns a local public relations company, faces two-term Congressman Peters in the November election.
A spokesman for the Peters campaign rejected Gitsham’s “meager attempt to distance herself from Trump’s comments without renouncing him completely.”
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