Of the many campaigns running to boost Donald Trump’s bid for being the next US president, this is one that does not flatter, and even mocks him to an extent.
#CanYouHearUsNow picked up steam on Twitter after the Republican presidential nominee -- in his comments about a bereaved military family -- indicated that the mother had not spoken publicly due to her being a Muslim woman.
Incensed, Muslim women across the board posted tweets and pictures of themselves or others delivering public lectures, chairing sessions, being featured in magazines, holding important positions and so on, hitting back at Trump for his inference. Others also joined in, ridiculing Trump for the comment.
“#CanYouHearUsNow As a politics professor I lecture to many silent men, because I’m the expert in the room,” posted one Dalia Fahmy, while another, Alaa Murabit, posted: “Hey D. I spend my time creating solutions w presidents & the like (so I guess we’ll never meet) #CanYouHearUsNow.”
A Gold Star couple, the term used for surviving family members of American soldiers who die in war, had appeared in support for Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last week.
Khizr Khan had dismissed the real estate mogul saying he had “sacrificed nothing, and no one”. His wife Ghazala, at the time, stood by him at the podium but didn’t speak. The couple’s son, an army captain, had died in Iraq in 2004 when a car bomb detonated.
Trump took on Khizr for his comments,and as the controversy escalated, spoke of Ghazala, saying, “She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.”
The comments stirred a hornet’s nest, as Democrats hit back, and even Republicans attempted to distance themselves. Ohio govenor John Kasich, who was Trump’s rival in the Republican primaries, said, “There’s only one way to talk about Gold Star parents: with honor and respect,” on Twitter.
Ghazala finally did speak, on Monday, saying Trump was ignorant about Islam and didn’t know what sacrifice meant.
In an opinion article for the Washington Post, she wrote: “Walking on to the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”
From politicians and party members to Gold Star families, Trump earned a lot of flak. But it’s the Twitter campaign that should probably worry Trump the most as the November election inches closer.