Muslim-American women and others took to social media Monday, using the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow, to speak out in response to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s questioning of why Ghazala Khan stood silently while her husband, Khizr Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention about their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.
"As the leader of America's largest Muslim civil rights organization, I urge Donald Trump to apologize for his shameful remarks disparaging a Muslim Gold Star family and for his repeated use and promotion of anti-Muslim stereotypes,” Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) board chair Roula Allouch said in a statement. “Just as Donald Trump must apologize for his un-American remarks, Republican Party leaders must finally repudiate their candidate's divisive rhetoric."
Following Khan's speech Thursday, Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulous, "if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, but plenty of people have written that she was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say," in an interview published Saturday.
Following those statements, veterans, their supporters, and the families of service members who died fighting for the United States criticized the Republican presidential candidate.
Trump responded Monday morning on Twitter, writing, "Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!"
Republican politicians also criticized Trump on Monday, following his additional comments.
While veterans and Muslim-American groups protested in front of Trump Tower in New York City, Muslim-American women activists across the nation shared the many ways they speak out every day.
Some people challenged Trump’s stereotypes with actual Muslim and Muslim-American history.
Muslim-American women highlighted their personal accomplishments and careers across many fields.
Some people pointed out that the successes of Muslim-American women go beyond their own accomplishments, but also include those of their children and students.
Many posted photographs of Muslim-American women activists speaking and speaking out.
Others challenged the need to talk all the time.
Many challenged stereotypes that Muslim Americans are new in America, are not allowed to speak, or have anything to do with terrorism.
Some recalled the times that Trump did not allow Muslim-American women to speak.
Some wrote of the power of Muslim-American women as they stand up against bigotry and injustice every day.
Many younger Muslim Americans recognized their own family and friends in Ghazala Khan.
Some gave advice for Trump about listening to Muslim and Muslim-American women.