Is Donald Trump losing the support of veterans and the military?

By Char Adams
Updated August 04, 2016 04:00 PM
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Is Donald Trump‘s feud with the parents of a fallen Muslim U.S. Army soldier a step too far? Seven out of 10 Americans seem to think so. And it’s costing him votes, according to the latest poll.

A new Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by 10 percentage points.

A week ago, before the highly publicized comments about the family of Capt. Humayun Khan, polls showed the GOP nominee leading or closely tied with Clinton.

In a survey of 1,000 registered voters between July 31 and Aug 2, 69 percent said Trump was “out of bounds” in his criticism of Kahn’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan. Capt. Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his heroism.

The margin of sampling error for the Fox poll was plus or minus three percentage points.

The controversy erupted after Khizr delivered an emotional speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in which he honored his son and denounced Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

In response, Trump said that the Khans “viciously attacked” him and suggested that Ghazala – who stood silent by her husband at the convention – “wasn’t allowed” to speak.

About 77 percent of voters said they are aware of the feud, Fox reports – 19 percent said the GOP nominee‘s response to the Gold Star parents was “in bounds.”

As the feud gained momentum, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced themselves from Trump’s attacks on the Khan family – but stopped short of mentioning the candidate by name.

The Trump campaign’s strategy to win over veterans and military voters – a group that consistently votes Republican – seems to be in jeopardy, according to Bloomberg Politics.

Although Trump is leading his opponent among veterans – by 14 points – the support is weaker than that of former GOP presidential hopefuls like John McCain or Mitt Romney, who both saw at least 22-point leads with veterans in their battles for the presidency.