Trump speaks Hindi, tries to woo In­dia Amer­i­can vot­ers

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Don­ald Trump may have in­sulted Mex­i­cans, Mus­lims and women but to woo In­dian Amer­i­can vot­ers he’s even dab­bling in Hindi for Di­wali. The bom­bas­tic New York busi­ness­man is seen ut­ter­ing “Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar”-adapt­ing In­dian Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi’s 2014 vote-win­ning catch­phrase as his own-in a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign ad re­leased Thurs­day. “This time Trump gov­ern­ment,” trans­lates the ad on the screen. Trump may speak in a thick US ac­cent, but the 30-sec­ond ad is the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee’s lat­est at­tempt to win votes among In­dian Amer­i­cans ahead of Di­wali, the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights which falls on the week­end.

The video opens with the mes­sage “Happy Di­wali” and bor­rows from footage of Trump speak­ing at a Hindu gath­er­ing in New Jersey this month, light­ing an oil lamp and promis­ing close US-In­dian re­la­tions. “The In­dian and Hindu com­mu­nity will have a true friend in the White House,” he says in the ad. “We love the Hin­dus, we love In­dia,” he adds, say­ing that he looks for­ward to work­ing with Modi. The can­di­date’s daugh­ter-in-law Lara Trump vis­ited a Hindu tem­ple this week in Vir­ginia, the home state of Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton’s run­ning mate Tim Kaine which is ex­pected to vote blue on Novem­ber 8.

Trump trails 5.4 points in the lat­est poll av­er­age com­piled by tracker RealClearPol­i­tics in a na­tional race against Clin­ton and two out­siders-point­ing to a likely elec­toral col­lege vic­tory for the Demo­crat. There are an es­ti­mated four mil­lion In­dian Amer­i­cans liv­ing in the United States ac­cord­ing to 2015 cen­sus fig­ures. They are among the most ed­u­cated eth­nic groups and gen­er­ally well off, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. Only about half are Hindu and 65 per­cent are Demo­crat, or Demo­crat-lean­ing, the think tank found in a 2014 re­port. —

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