The political controversy involving Donald Trump and the family of a Muslim American soldier in the U.S. Army who died heroically in the line of duty is showing no signs of letting up. And if a group of Muslim American women have their say — and they do — Trump, who infamously implied that practicing Islam kept the soldier's mother silent during a speech last week at the Democratic National Convention, will get more than an earful of their thoughts via social media, one of the candidate's preferred methods of communication.
The contentious feud spawned the #CanYouHearUsNow Monday, which quickly went viral as Muslim women took clear umbrage to Trump and his campaign rhetoric that has included calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
The budding social media movement was inspired by Ghazala Khan's op-ed published Sunday in the Washington Post, in which she responded to Trump's accusation that she deferred to her husband out of an apparent, would-be Islamic act of submission, because she wasn't "allowed to have anything to say."
"Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention," Ghazala Khan opened her first person account with. "He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart."
She and her husband, Khizr Khan, took the stage last week in Philadelphia, where Khizr Khan offered Trump a copy of the U.S. Constitution, a symbolic gesture meant to imply that the Republican presidential nominee failed to grasp what the revered American document is all about. Trump, in turn, questioned the role their Muslim religion played in their assertion before questioning the "sacrifices" made by their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
Since then, people from all political and religious backgrounds have come out in support of the Khan family and lambasted Trump for disparaging the legacy of someone who is being cast as an American military hero. Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, who Trump chided last summer for being caught and becoming a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam, joined Monday in the chorus of Khan supporters.
All of which paved the way for Muslim women to coalesce and launch #CanYouHearUsNow. A sampling of some of the subsequent tweets spawned by the hashtag follow.