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Schumer weighs in on Trump's comments on Gold Star family & Hanna's support of Clinton

Tom Magnarelli
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Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer in Utica on Tuesday.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) added his voice to a chorus of criticism regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments to the Muslim parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.

“We ought to revere our Gold Star mothers,” Schumer said. “We ought to praise them. We are to not be criticizing them. My heart goes out to these people who made the ultimate sacrifice and criticism of them is very, very wrong.”

Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father, criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention. Trump in turn defended himself and questioned why Ghazala Khan, the mother, did not speak at the convention.    

Schumer also weighed in on Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), who said he would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

“I had a great relationship with Congressman Hanna and he is an independent man who spoke his mind, more power to him,” Schumer said.

Hanna will not seek reelection and will retire at the end of this year.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.