Air Force Mom Gets Booed After Confronting Pence Over Trump's 'Disrespect' for Troops
The mother of an Air Force sergeant was subjected to jeers Monday as she confronted Donald Trump's vice presidential pick Mike Pence at a rally in Nevada Monday.
Catherine Byrne was booed when she asked Pence how he “tolerated” Trump's disrespect of the Kahn family.
“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,” she said. “Will there ever be a point in time when you're able to look Trump in the eye and tell him enough is enough?"
Her question prompted boos from the crowd in Carson City. Pence defended her question, saying: “That's what freedom looks like. That's what freedom sounds like."
Pence added: "The only other thing I would say to you is having spent time with our nominee, I have never been around someone more devoted to the armed forces of this country."
The Indianapolis governor also called the late Captain Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, “an American hero,” adding, “we honor him and honor his family.”
Byrne, a CPA who lives in Carson City, has a 27-year-old son who is currently serving oversees in the United Arab Emirates.
The upset mother spoke to NBC News following her appearance at the rally and said she "felt disrespected."
"The most painful thing that could happen is losing a child, and offending someone who has gone through that is the lowest of the lows," she said.
But in a shocking twist, the mother still says she is supporting Trump in November, "but it is not good what he said."
Trump, who appeared on Hannity Monday night, told the Fox News host he was being “targeted” by the Khan family.
“I watched him at the Democratic National Convention, and he was really going after me. There's no question about it,” the GOP presidential pick said.
Trump also said that his stance against Muslims in America is not directed at people like the Khans but radicals.
"I'm not talking about the Khans. I'm not talking about a lot of people. I'm talking about people coming over here from Syria that aren't properly vetted. They're in the migration. Nobody knows if they're ISIS, they don’t know who they are. They're being put all over the country," he said.
Trump's son, Eric, defended his dad on CBS This Morning Tuesday.
"My father's simple message - it's not an anti-Muslim message, it's [an] anti-terror message," he said. "You know, we have ISIS and they're running rampant around the world and we have to do something about it."