Aug 3, 2016 8:17 PM

Exeter Gold Star mother weighs in on Trump/Khan controversy

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EXETER- Fallen US Navy Seal Dan Healy is remembered for a lot of things. For his mother Natalie, what comes to mind first, is Dan’s ability to be everyone’s big brother and protector.

“Nobody wants to become a gold star family,” Healy said.

The Exeter mother spoke her mind as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continued to be at odds with a Muslim American family, who lost their own son during combat in Iraq, who spoke out at the Democratic Convention last week.

Healy calls it a club you never want to join. In 2005 her son Dan was killed when his helicopter was shot down during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.

“Eleven years later, it feels like it happened yesterday,” Healy said.

Dan’s legacy is left on his hometown of Exeter; a bridge and town pool are both named in his honor.

Healy, who was a Donald Trump supporter at the beginning of his campaign, calls his comments toward the Khan family shocking and unfortunate.

“If he could even envision losing Don or Eric in the war, then he might have some kind of idea of what it's like. To compare yourself with sacrifices in business and just your everyday life, there's no comparison,” Healy said.

Healy is also disappointed that Trump seems to have fallen into what she calls the “Clinton trap,” saying it was no accident the Clinton camp chose a Muslim gold star family to speak.

“He played right into that hand and I was so sorry to hear that, and of course so sorry that it hurt the Khan family,” Healy said.

Even though Trump referred to the Khan’s son as a hero in a tweet, many are still calling for an apology.

“Someone who apologizes is a big person, and here is a big thing that needs to be apologized for,” Healy said.

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