At a town hall-style rally in Carson City, Nevada, a woman carrying a picture of her son in uniform approached the microphone to ask Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence a question. She opened with the fact that her son was in the Air Force, which was met by the audience with applause. But it was the last time they would be on her side. The woman, identified as Catherine Byrne, went on to say, "Time and time again, Trump has disrespected our nation’s armed forces and veterans. And his disrespect for Mr. Khan and his family is just an example of that." This comment was immediately met with boo's and yells from the crowd, but Byrne continued, "Will there ever be a point in time where you can look Trump in the eye and say 'Enough is enough'?

You have a son in the military. How do you tolerate his disrespect?" Her final comments were met with more jeering from the crowd, which Pence continually tried to quiet. "That's ok," he kept telling the crowd. "That's what freedom sounds like."

Pence defends Khan, but also Trump

Pence responded to Byrne's question by first praising Captain Humayun Khan and his family, who Trump had openly criticized after their speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Khans denounced Trump for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric and questioned his basic understanding of the Constitution. Pence called Khan an "American hero," with and "incredibly inspiring story." He didn't directly address Trump's comments on the family, which included accusing the family's story of being written by Hillary Clinton's speechwriters and derogatory comments regarding Khan's religion.

Pence then went on to defend Trump, denying that he held anti-military sentiments and saying that "No one is more devoted to veterans in this country." He then dove into Trump's proposed military and veteran policies, which include reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This isn't the first time Trump has come under fire for making controversial comments about service members or veterans.

Arguably his most infamous comments before the Khan incident were about veteran and senator John McCain, who spent 5 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Trump, who has never served in any branch of the military, said McCain was not a "war hero", and that people only considered him so because of his imprisonment.

Much like he did adter his comments about McCain, Trump is currently facing bipartisan backlash for his comments regarding the Khan family.

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