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LePage says Khizr Khan is a ‘con artist’

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention last month as his wife looked on.
Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention last month as his wife looked on. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says the father of a deceased Muslim captain in the U.S. Army is a ‘‘con artist’’ for criticizing Donald Trump.

LePage, a Republican, made the comments on Wednesday during an appearance on a program hosted by Boston radio host Howie Carr.

LePage’s comments referenced Khizr Khan, whose son was awarded the Gold Star for dying while protecting other soldiers in Iraq. Khan made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention in which he was critical of Trump, the Republican nominee.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports LePage’s comments came after Carr drew a comparison between the Boston Marathon bombers and an Iranian refugee who immigrated to Maine and later died fighting for ISIS.

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LePage says Khan ‘‘uses the death of his son’’ to go after Trump.

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