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Two American veterans weigh-in on Trump’s Muslim platform

Los Angeles (CNN) In the divisive campaign for the presidency, it seems most Americans agree that going after families of fallen soldiers should be off-limits.

Democrats and some Republicans are condemning Donald Trump for saying that the father of a U.S. Muslim soldier who died in Iraq had “no right” to criticize him.

Trump also implied that the soldier’s mother was forced to stay silent while her husband spoke at the Democratic National Convention because of her religion.

A FOX News poll shows a substantial majority, 69% of those surveyed, say Trump’s response to the Khan family was “out-of-bounds.”

Kris Paronto

“Donald Trump needs to do something presidential. He needs to apologize,” according to former U.S. Army Ranger Kris “Tonto” Paronto. “That’s something that Hillary Clinton won’t do. That’s something that you’ve never seen Obama do. Do something. Be human. Be a leader. Get out there and say, ‘You know what, I made a mistake.'”

“(Trump) shouldn’t have said those things comparing his sacrifice to the Khan’s,” Paronto says. “What I want the Khans to know from those of us who have served — I’ve served alongside Hindus, Native Americans, blacks, whites, Christians, Muslims. When we’re there fighting together, we are soldiers first. It makes no difference what ethnicity, what gender or what religion you are. When we’re overseas, we’re in this together, and that’s what they need to realize. We’re not like that when we’re fighting. We are all one unit. We’re fighting against terrorists – and that’s who the real enemy is.”

One American vet who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslims in battle is former U.S. Green Beret, Chase Millsap.

He says an Iraqi officer saved his life during a patrol in 2006. Millsap says the officer pushed him down as a sniper began to shoot and then chased the gunman off.

Now, he’s trying to pay back the ultimate debt — helping the man known as “The Captain” seek asylum in America.

Millsap says Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the U.S. could seriously hurt his efforts.

Chase Millsap

“I trained Muslim soldiers and served right next to Muslim soldiers and fought in battle with Muslim soldiers,” Millsap says. “This is so political at this point… a lot of it is hate. It comes out as toxic. For those of us that are on the ground, and do this every day, we have to trust the people next to us — regardless of religion. When we hear things like that coming out through both parties, frankly, it makes our job very, very difficult.”

The Captain was injured in an I-E-D blast before leaving the Iraqi military. He now lives with his wife and three children in a small apartment in Turkey.

ISIS wants him dead.

The Captain’s U.S. refugee status remains in legal limbo. What is clear is that he’s done his duty and Millsap hopes America will respond in kind.

Written and produced by: Ben Bamsey for “CNN Newsroom L.A.

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