Trump Campaign Asks Capitol Hill to Back Him in Khan Controversy
If this were the first time perhaps he might have gained some backing - but when you already directly dissed our military multiple times, denigrated the military service of a sitting Senator and war hero, and then turned on a fallen bronze star marine’s family you just aren’t going to get any backing.
Rob Wasinger, a onetime congressional candidate who has been working for the Trump camp on congressional outreach, sent an email to senior Senate aides saying, “We want to get several member statements out today on this, and would really appreciate your help.”
A similar appeal was made to Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to a senior aide.
Attached to the appeal were talking points lawmakers could use to try to tamp down the controversy growing since last week’s appearance at the Democratic convention by the Khans, the parents of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq 12 years ago.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said that the campaign was grateful to have support in Congress and that Republicans are working to keep Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency. Wasinger refused to comment when contacted by telephone.
The appeal did not generate any help for Trump.