Following the speech, Trump fired back, claiming that he had in fact sacrificed plenty by employing "thousands and thousands of people".
"I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard," he told ABC. "I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot.”
Trump then went on to suggest that Ghazala Khan, who stood in silence by her husband’s side as he delivered the speech, was unable to speak because her Muslim husband wouldn’t allow it.
"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."
Ghazala Khan has since penned a powerful op-ed for The Washington Post in which she opened up further on why she chose not to speak, and how Donald Trump’s comments on Muslims only enhance his ignorance.
Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. 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.
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. Walking onto 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?
Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family.
When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion.
Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.
Red the full op-ed here.