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Donald Trump lambasted Gold Star father Khizr Khan for calling him out during a speech at the DNC, and though several on the left and the right denounced Trump's backlash, former Texas Governor Rick Perry is sticking by his side.

The Air Force veteran told CNN's Jake Tapper:

“Mr. Khan is the one who struck the first blow. In a campaign if you're going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you.”

Further, Perry said Khan wasn't entitled to say what he'd like without a fight just because of his son's death:

“Because he had a son that was lost in this war on terror, that gives him a free ride to say whatever he would like against a candidate he does not like? That's not proper. That's not correct.”

On the campaign trail, Rick Perry called Donald Trump a “demagogue” and a “carnival barker.” But in May, he endorsed Trump, and later said that he would be willing to be Trump's vice president.