Ghazala Khan refuted Donald Trump’s claim that “she wasn’t allowed” to speak at the Democratic National Convention, saying she was too emotional to talk. Muslim women have responded with the #CanYouHearUsNow hashtag.
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Twitter over Trump’s continued sniping at the family of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan in the week since Khan’s father criticized him during the Democratic National Convention.
“If @realDonaldTrump wants to be the Commander in Chief, he needs to act like one. And that cant start until he apologizes to the Khans,” Meyer wrote Tuesday on his verified Twitter account.
Trump has been critical of Khizr Khan, and his wife, Ghazala, after they appeared on the DNC stage and Khizr Kahn spoke against Trump’s stated plan to ban Muslims from entering the country, at least temporarily, and said that such a ban would have kept his son from coming to the United States.
Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004 trying to stop a suicide bomber in a taxi from entering the compound he was protecting.
“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution?” said Khan, as he reached for a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution for the crowd to see. “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.”
In perhaps his most cutting remark, Khan looked at the camera and said directly to Trump, “You have have sacrificed nothing, and no one.”
In the ensuing days, Trump has criticized Khan and questioned why Ghazala Khan didn’t speak and supposing that she may not have been allowed to because of her Muslim faith.
Ghazala Khan said she was too emotional to speak to the convention, but she did speak out in an interview last week on MSNBC and in a Washington Post piece in which she wrote about her heartbreak and echoed some of her husband’s criticism of the GOP standard bearer.
“I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it,” explaining why she didn’t speak at the convention.
On Sunday and Monday, Trump tweeted, that he had been “viciously attacked” by Khan at the convention.
@realDonaldTrump, 9:32 AM – 31 Jul 2016: I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!
@realDonaldTrump, 7:10 AM – 1 Aug 2016: 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!
In the day’s since the convention, people of all political stripes have criticized Trump for his response.
Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, a Vietnam war hero, tried to distance himself from Trump.
“In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates,” McCain wrote.
On Monday, a group of 11 Gold Star families — families that had lost loved ones in war — issued a statement calling Trump’s comments “repugnant, and personally offensive.”
And later that day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars followed suit.
“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” said Brian Duffy, of Louisville, the group’s national commander.
Trump didn’t immediately respond to Meyer on Twitter, and Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 for his service in Afghanistan, is from Columbia, Ky. Meyer is married to Bristol Palin, the daughter of 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and spoke at the inauguration of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
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Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer addressed the inaugural day crowd in Frankfort. Michael Clevenger/ The CJ