In a now infamous interview with ABC News, Donald Trump alluded that Mrs. Ghazala Khan, Goldstar mother of slain Army Captain Humayun Khan, was not allowed to speak at the Democratic convention due to her Muslim faith. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” said Trump. “She had nothing to say. … Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Well, thousands of Muslim women around the country have spoken – including Mrs. Khan who said that she was too overcome by her son’s death to speak at the convention. And many Muslim women — lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, activists, artists, mothers and students — are supporting Mrs. Khan by using the trending hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow on social media to address Trump’s comments and take on the ridiculous notion of Muslim women’s suppression.
Here’s a sampling of these extraordinary women on Twitter:
“I’m running a trauma center, making life saving split second decisions. Make no mistake — my voice is heard,” tweeted Los Angeles-based doctor Almaas Shaikh.
“I became a journalist to pursue transparency to clarify misrepresentations. Misrepresentations that (you) shamelessly create,” tweeted NPR’s Noor Wazwaz.
“Muslim women “not allowed to speak?” I gave a @TEDTalks and got a standing ovation,” tweeted Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.