Gold Star father asks McCain to dump Trump

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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed the Khan family following their appearance at Democratic National Convention.  (Source: AP Photo) GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed the Khan family following their appearance at Democratic National Convention.  (Source: AP Photo)
Khizr Khan, whose son was one of 14 muslims serving the U.S. armed forced to die in the years following 9/11, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 28, 2016. (Source: AP Photo) Khizr Khan, whose son was one of 14 muslims serving the U.S. armed forced to die in the years following 9/11, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 28, 2016. (Source: AP Photo)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Gold Star father of a fallen American-Muslim soldier is now pleading for Sen. John McCain to drop his endorsement of Donald Trump.

Khizr Khan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed 12 years ago in Iraq, made his pitch in a new video ad posted by the progressive organization MoveOn.org.

"If you publicly rebuke (Trump), you will look back and you will stand tall in front of the nation, you will say, 'We were not for this. We were for a better America,'" Khan says in the video.

Although Trump and McCain have publicly sparred over the past year, the Arizona senator has stood by him, constantly reciting his now standard line of, "I support the nominee of the party."

McCain was unavailable for comment but it doesn't appear Khan's appeal will change the senator’s mind.

A spokeswoman for the re-election campaign of Arizona’s senior senator said Monday that she was referring all questions about supporting Trump back to McCain’s prior comments.

McCain recently criticized Trump after the GOP presidential nominee slammed the Khan family following their appearance at Democratic National Convention.  

According to Khan, his son looked up to McCain, who famously spent five years in POW camp in Vietnam.

Khan said he mailed a copy of McCain's book, "Why Courage Matters," to his son shortly before he was killed.

RELATED: Khan asks McCain to withdraw Trump support

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