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Khizr Khan (R), accompanied by his wife Ghazala Khan (L), speaks about their son U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq 12 years ago, at the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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#CanYouHearUsNow: Muslim group urges women to speak out against Trump

By WITW Staff on August 1, 2016

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called on Muslim women activists to “tweet about who they are and how they speak out,” after Donald Trump speculated on the weekend that the mother of a fallen soldier may have been silent on stage at the Democratic National Convention because she “wasn’t allowed” to speak.

Ghazala Khan stood stoically beside her husband, Khizr Khan, as he spoke about their son, who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. “She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview on ABC after hearing the speech.

The social media campaign, which began at 10 a.m EDT on Monday, is using the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow.

In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ghazala Khan wrote that it was simply that she was too emotional to speak at the convention. “Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself,” she wrote. “What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?

Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.”

The campaign is reminiscent of the mobilization of Muslim women activists on Twitter, when Trump called for the creation of a national database of Muslims.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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