The truth is that Trump’s comments about Ghazala Khan may be the most telling of what would come under his leadership. After all, much of our country’s foreign policy in the Muslim world for the past decade and a half has rested on our society’s perception and misrepresentation of Muslim women.
In 2001, our last Republican president’s wife, first lady Laura Bush, delivered a historic radio address
in which she urged the nation to "speak out in horror" about the plight of Afghan women.
To rally public support for America’s war in Afghanistan, she called on “civilised” people to rescue Afghan women from the Taliban, speaking on Afghan women’s behalf and insinuating their voicelessness, docility, and passivity.
This effectively silenced the Afghan women on the ground
taking active roles in civic society and their own autonomy. In doing so, we laid the foundation for a reckless military intervention in the Middle East that, in retrospect, disproportionately impacted women and children. These are the wars that claimed the lives of Humayun Khan and hundreds of thousands more Muslims in the Muslim world.