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Scott Jones’ Silence Condones Trump’s Attack on Gold Star Parents of Slain American Soldier

Bera Campaign Challenges Jones to denounce Donald Trump’s campaign and attack on family of Purple Heart Captain Humayun Khan 

ELK GROVE, CA - As Republicans, Democrats, Veteran’s groups and Gold Star families across the nation condemn Donald Trump’s attack on the parents of fallen Muslim-American Army Captain Humayun Khan, today the Bera campaign calls on Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones to break his silence and denounce Trump.

“Gold Star families have made the ultimate sacrifice, deserve our respect, and we all should stand up for them against Donald Trump’s disgusting attacks,” said Bera Campaign Manager Jerid Kurtz. “Sheriff Jones has an opportunity to show some judgment and respect to our Gold Star families, break his silence, and finally denounce Donald Trump’s offensive comments and his campaign for President.”

Jones told the Sacramento Bee on May 6 that he will absolutely be voting for Trump come November. Since then, Jones has doubled down on his support for Trump, too.

“Jones’ refusal to denounce Trump’s campaign and attacks against a Gold Star family raises serious doubts about whether Jones will step up for our families in Sacramento County,” said Kurtz. 

On Sunday, Trump attacked the Khan family following Khizr Khan’s emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, during which Khan directly addressed Trump for having “sacrificed nothing and no one.” Trump ridiculed the Khans on Twitter, and went even further in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopolous, suggesting that Ghazala Khan, Khizr's wife, had remained silent during her husband’s emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night because she is a Muslim.

In contrast, Dr. Ami Bera has served Veterans in Sacramento County’s VA hospitals, and has worked across party lines to increase staffing in the VA medical system. Bera’s office has worked with thousands of Veterans in Sacramento County to help the men and women who have served our country access the care they need.

Leaders across the nation publicly denouncing Trump’s attack include the 1.7 million member Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a coalition of 17 Gold Star families led by VoteVets, as well as both Democratic and Republican leaders including Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO).