Gold Star Benghazi Widow: "Khans Are Only Public Because They Are Muslim"


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Dorothy Navarez-Woods, the wife of Ty Woods, the Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi, speaks to Hugh Hewitt about the Khan controversy and Donald Trump. Navarez-Woods said it would have been insulting if Trump did not accept the purple heart a veteran presented to him.

HUGH HEWITT: My pleasure. Dorothy, I’d like to start maybe at the end of our conversation. Your reaction to the Khan-Trump controversy involving the Gold Star family that are the Khans and Mr. Trump?

DOROTHY NAVAREZ-WOODS: Yes. Well, first and foremost, I would never, ever want to wish a Gold Star status on anyone. But I also truly believe that it should never be used as an excuse or a shield when we hear something, and when I say we collectively, the Gold Star families, when we hear something that we don’t like. The way I see it is no one ever questioned Major Khan’s sacrifice or his service or his death. He was rightfully given full military honors, you know, like my family, his family, have lived under the benefit of American citizenship. And the second generation, Major Khan and myself, we’ve chosen to give back. I believe that Major Khan was an American first that day, and that’s very important.

HH: Dorothy Woods…

DW: My issue…

HH: Okay, go ahead.

DW: So my issue here is I believe that the Khans are only public because they are Muslim. And to me, that sends the wrong message that they are more important than the rest of us. No loss is more or less important than the other.

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