• Chi­nese Amer­i­cans hit the cam­paign trail for Trump.

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG LINYAN in New York wan­glinyan@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Vin­cent Xie was ex­cited on Nov 2 when he re­ceived a let­ter from Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

“We got more than 8,000 fol­low­ers in less than one hour after we put the let­ter on­line. Now the num­ber is al­most 60,000,” Xie, founder of Civil Rights WeChat ac­count and PhD holder from an Amer­i­can univer­sity, said on Satur­day.

“The Chi­nese com­mu­nity is very ex­cited to see the let­ter. Most re­sponses are pos­i­tive.”

The let­ter, signed by Trump and trans­lated into Chi­nese, stressed the com­mon val­ues shared by the Chi­nese com­mu­nity and Trump.

“For too long, Chi­nese Amer­i­cans have been ig­nored by Wash­ing­ton,” it reads. “I have a lot of re­spect for Chi­nese peo­ple and Chi­nese Amer­i­cans es­pe­cially. We share a lot of the same val­ues. Work hard. Push our chil­dren to be good — no drink­ing, no drugs and do well in school. Make our par­ents and grand­par­ents proud of us. Work to build a last­ing legacy.

“I will make our schools bet­ter and safer,” the let­ter con­tin­ues. “We will build a wall and make a strict screen­ing process to keep out ter­ror­ists. … I will lower taxes and bring down our deficit by en­cour­ag­ing Amer­i­can com­pa­nies to bring their tril­lions of tax shel­tered prof­its back.

“When this elec­tion is over, I will work to bring our coun­try to­gether to be greater than be­fore,” Trump said. “But this can only hap­pen with your help! … Help me make Amer­ica great again!”

The let­ter en­cour­ages view­ers to make donation vary­ing from $6 to $200.

A day be­fore Elec­tion Day, the gru­el­ing race be­tween Trump and Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton has be­come even more in­tense since the FBI an­nounced it was re­open­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Clin­ton’s newly dis­cov­ered emails on Oct 28. But on Sun­day, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey said noth­ing was found that would have any crim­i­nal con­se­quences.

In the lat­est Real­Clear­Pol­i­tics.com av­er­age of polls, Clin­ton holds a lead of 46.6 per­cent to 44.8 per­cent for Trump.

The Chi­nese-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity, with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 4 mil­lion, which ac­counts for nearly a quar­ter of the Asian-Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion in the US, ac­cord­ing to a Pew Re­search re­port in 2013 has be­come a bat­tle­ground for mi­nor­ity votes from both sides.

With wide­spread and easy ac­cess to Chi­nese fol­low­ers, WeChat has be­come a good chan­nel to reach po­ten­tial vot­ers.

Xie said he re­ceived the let­ter from Trump after he asked for it when some­one from Trump’s cam­paign team ap­proached Xie, telling him that Trump’s cam­paign ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port from the Chi­nese-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity and wanted to reach out to more Chi­nese Amer­i­cans.

He cre­ated the ac­count in Cal­i­for­nia in late 2013. Last month, it has about 2.38 mil­lion dif­fer­ent views. Be­tween Nov 2, 2015 and Nov 1, it has more than 15.23 mil­lion dif­fer­ent views.

And 76.4 per­cent of the fol­low­ers live in the US, ac­cord­ing to its re­cent sur­vey.

Xie said he sup­ports Trump be­cause of the Supreme Court.

“The Supreme Court is the most im­por­tant is­sue in this cam­paign,” said Xie.

“I don’t like SCA-5. I be­lieve ev­ery­one should be judged only by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter in­stead of their color. Now Dems are go­ing the op­po­site way.”

Se­nate Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 5 in Cal­i­for­nia would ask vot­ers to con­sider re­mov­ing Cal­i­for­nia Propo­si­tion 209’s ban on us­ing race, sex, color, eth­nic­ity or na­tional ori­gin in re­cruit­ment, ad­mis­sions and re­ten­tion pro­grams at public uni­ver­si­ties and colleges in the state.

“In my opin­ion, can­di­dates should re­spect each other and sup­port­ers of can­di­dates should re­spect each other,” he said.

Cliff Li, ad­vi­sor of the Asian Pa­cific Amer­i­can Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for the Trump cam­paign, said Amer­i­cans are “po­lar­ized” po­lit­i­cally.

“The mo­men­tum is good for Trump,” said the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of Asian Amer­i­can Repub­li­cans who lives in both South Florida and the Greater Wash­ing­ton area. “Hil­lary has more of­fices in swing states and more sur­ro­gates than Trump has. But her ad­van­tage is de­clin­ing.”

“I dis­like Trump’s tem­per­a­ment, but I feel he’s the one, be­tween Hil­lary and Trump, to bring the coun­try in the right di­rec­tion,” said Li, cit­ing Trump’s 100-day con­tract with the Amer­i­can voter and Hil­lary’s plan for the first 100 days.

Trump re­leased a plan on Oct 22 in Get­tys­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, which in­cluded propos­ing a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to im­pose term lim­its on all mem­bers of Congress and a five-year ban on White House and con­gres­sional of­fi­cials be­com­ing lob­by­ists after they leave govern­ment ser­vice.

Clin­ton pledged in her 100day plan to make the bold­est in­vest­ments in Amer­i­can in­fras­truc­ture since Dwight D. Eisen­hower.

On Satur­day, sev­eral lead­ers from the Chi­nese, Latino and African-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in New York held a rally in sup­port of Trump in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Av­enue in Man­hat­tan.

Daniel Lou, co-founder of the Chi­nese Amer­i­can Al­liance for Trump and co-chair for Satur­day’s rally, said he de­cided to sup­port Trump when he heard Trump make his nom­i­na­tion ac­cep­tance speech at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land.

“Trump said he wants to break po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and re­store law and or­der. It’s very im­por­tant to the US,” said Lou.

For Tian Wang, founder of Chi­nese Amer­i­cans for Trump (CAFT) and one of his Asia Pa­cific ad­vis­ers, said it is most ur­gent for Trump to win votes in swing states.

On Satur­day, he had CAFT lead­ers from Con­necti­cut, Wash­ing­ton and Penn­syl­va­nia chap­ters and vol­un­teers vis­it­ing house­holds in Penn­syl­va­nia to get votes out for Trump.

“We vis­ited 15,000 houses, I think Trump has 60 per­cent chance to win Penn­syl­va­nia,” Wang said. “I think Trump cares about Chi­nese Amer­i­cans. If he wants to get their votes, he should talk more to them.”

JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS

Sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing a group in Min­nesota Chi­nese Amer­i­cans for Trump shirts, gather to rally with Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump in a hangar at Min­ne­ap­o­lis Saint Paul In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Min­ne­ap­o­lis, Min­nesota on Sun­day.

WANG LINYAN / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese-Amer­i­can sup­port­ers of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump join a rally in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Av­enue in Man­hat­tan on Satur­day.

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