In an interview with British network Channel 4, Ghazala Khan responded directly to Donald Trump’s criticism of her family.
Rather than acknowledging the evident sorrow written all over her face and body language, Trump honed in on the fact that she didn’t speak at the Democratic National Convention. Instead, she stood silently next to her husband, Khizr Khan, who gave a powerful anti-Trump speech as the father of a fallen military captain, Humayun Khan.
Trump had instead wrongly insinuated that her Muslim husband was preventing her from speaking, pointing towards his evident lack of knowledge pertaining to the religion. He told ABC, “She had nothing to say. She probably – maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
To Trump's remark, Khan retorted, "I can say anything I want. There is no restriction in Islam."
Moreover, the mother of Capt. Khan summed up what Muslim-Americans have been saying all along about Trump: “He doesn’t know anything about Islam,” she said.
Khan told Channel 4 the anecdote of how even her four-year-old granddaughter could see the pain in her expression when she stood by her husband as he spoke last Thursday night at the DNC. Yet, she couldn’t believe that Trump somehow could not recognize her grief, which she explained was why she chose not to speak at the convention.
The fact that she felt compelled to explain that she, as a Muslim woman, is “allowed to speak” despite her religion is downright indicative of the mainstream ignorance surrounding Islamic practices on a national level.
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