Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has praised the ‘fantastic’ contributions made by the Hindu community to world civilisation and to American culture.
In a statement, Trump said, “The Hindu community has made fantastic contributions to world civilisation and to American culture and we look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy.”
Trump also confirmed that he would be addressing an Indian-American event in New Jersey next month, the proceeds of which would benefit global victims of Islamic terror.
Trump, who has been harsh and racial with other communities like Mexicans and Latinos, has been soft with Indians. He had once said that Indians are an asset to America and has now invited Indian-Americans to attend the October 15 event, which he himself calls as an ‘incredible event’. He issued the invitation through a short 24-second video message.
In his video message, Trump said, “Hello everyone, it is my pleasure to invite you to a Republican Hindu Coalition rally at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey. I am very much looking forward to speaking to thousands of Indian-Americans and others about making America great again. I look forward to seeing everybody there. It would be an incredible evening.”
According to him the full-day event would bring together top actors, singers and dancers from Bollywood. It would also include Hindu spiritual and civic leaders for a celebration of Hindu culture and heritage.
The event, that has been named as ‘Humanity United Against Terror’, has been organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition, which is founded and headed by Indian-American Shalli Kumar from Illinois.
She was appointed by Trump to his advisory committee for people from Asia Pacific region. Around 10,000 people are expected for the event.
Trump in his statement added, “I am looking forward to joining my good friend Shalli Kumar, founder and chairman of the Republican Hindu Coalition for this terrific event.” It’s notable that this is for the first time in the last two presidential elections that a presidential candidate has confirmed to attend a public Indian-American event.
Donald Trump’s decision to attend the event is seen a an attempt to woo the small yet powerful Indian community.
On the other hand Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has attended a large number of fund raiser programmes organised by Indian Americans. But all these were indoor campaigns and not a public event. She has also appointed a large number of Indian Americans in her campaign team.
Let’s wish them both all success and see who wins the race.