Khizr Khan

Reports: Trump asked GOP for Backup on Khans, No One Responded
Episode underscores party rift over its nominee's often controversial statements

Trump's reaction to Muslim-Americans Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq, has become a flashpoint of his campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As criticism mounted against Donald Trump Monday for his treatment of an American Muslim couple whose son died in the Iraq war, his campaign sent an appeal to Republicans in Congress to back him up, according to media reports. No one responded.  

Trump's campaign circulated talking points for GOP supporters to spread via press releases, social media and cable news appearances, according to Reuters and CNN .   

Trump Digs in Against Khan Backlash
Doubles down on criticism of Muslim family amid weekend of bad news

Despite a weekend of negative press, Donald Trump shows no sign of backtracking on his recent comments. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq, stating in an early morning tweet that Khizr Khan, the soldier's father was, "all over TV" spreading "vicious" attacks.  

The Republican nominee's remarks came as he stumbled out of the box as the candidates headed into the final 100 days of the presidential campaign with the conventions behind them. Trump's tweet Monday suggests that he will follow the same strategy he has used throughout his nontraditional campaign: Rather than acknowledge criticism, he will dig in and fire back.