Amid jockeying for Indian-American vote, Trump boasts he has more desis on his side
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday claimed he had greater support among the Indian-American community than Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris amid jockeying for their votes in the November 3 election.
"If Joe Biden would become the President, he will immediately pass legislation to gut every single police department in America and probably Kamala (Harris) is a step worse. She is of Indian heritage. I have more Indians than she has," Trump said while speaking to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association on Friday, even as his campaign galvanized its outreach to Indian-American Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and other South Asian communities following Biden’s choice of the California Senator of Black and Indian heritage as a running mate.
The Biden campaign has scheduled a virtual event with the Indian-American community on Saturday evening, the first time a mainstream political party has conducted such an outreach on Independence Day. The Presidential nominee is expected to deliver remarks at the super PAC event that will feature several prominent Indian-Americans who served in the Obama-Biden administration, including Richard Verma, who was the US ambassador to India, and Nisha Desai Biswal, who was the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia.
"The Obama-Biden administration called the US-India relationship 'a defining partnership of the 21st century.' As President, Joe Biden will continue that legacy and work everyday to build upon this partnership," the campaign said ahead of the event.
The Trump campaign also upped its game on Friday, launching four new coalitions, including addressing specific religious groups such as Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims. "Indian-Americans are thriving under President Trump’s commitment to honor the comprehensive global partnership with India… the choice for President is clear for Indian-American voters: Four more years of a Trump Presidency will further build on our US-India partnership and secure a prosperous future for all India-American families," the Trump campaign said.
Indian-Americans constitute only around one per cent of the 153 million American voters, but in key battleground states, they have the numbers to make a difference to the final outcome, particularly since Trump won three key states (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania) by combined 80,000 votes to take the White House. Without those votes and states, Hillary Clinton would have won comfortably, having won 2.5 million more popular votes than Trump in the 2016 elections.
Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political science professor at the University of California, Davis who monitors Asian American political attitudes, estimates that there are toss-up states with significant enough Asian-American populations that they could make a difference to the final outcome. They include Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina. Democrats believe even Texas and Georgia, which have seen huge growth in Asian population, are in play.
In fact, some analysts are seeing the upcoming election as a fight between Trump and Kamala Harris, rather than between Trump and Biden, and that Biden’s choice of Harris was a calculated gambit to show that minorities not only have a seat at the table in a Democratic administration, but they also represent the future of a diverse and plural America.
Yes. Trump is right. American Indians love Trump. Kamala Harris has never claimed her Indian heritage
In last election also large number of Indians had voted for Uncle Don.
I fully agree with Mr Trump. There are definitely two votes for him from my family. Now I am trying to make those two votes to 50, when I persuade all my friends and people I know. When Trump comes India wins, and when Biden comes America goes down while he tries to harm India.
Yes Trump is right. Kamala Harris is a shameless supporter of Pak and China - both of which are dangerous for the future of US as well.
and he is right. Kamala Harris is not at all have any emotions towards India and should not be believed merely due to her first name
Why should an american have attachment with India ?
I support Donald Trump. I support law and order. I support capitalism. I support America First in America, just like I support India first in India.
Agree, Trump will have my Vote!!! my decision does not change!!!
Trump is the man... Not the racist democrats, who are anti India and racist towards India and Indians all over the world.
If you fail to get re-elected, then you are welcome to contest Indian Election, You will win with Indian support
Just because Kamala Harris is an Indian origin candidate, she may not get much Indian support, as it is alleged that she is anti-Indian. She doesn't like Indians, especially Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.
Trump is RIGHT choice for Indians to stay with. He is creating more jobs in USA by controlling Chinese import and also with India to tackle China in international arena - politically and militarily.
Agree, Indians should vote for Trump
Trump has done far better than many of his predecessors.
I agree. Trump has done and promised more than any other past presidents of USA had ever done.
India should be wary of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Claim Indianess for votes only.
Hari Krishan Agarwal
Yes all Indians must support Trump, Biden pappu bana raha hai. Wo anti India muslim party hai. Defeat Biden
Indian Americans by and large will vote for Donald Trump.
This Kamala Harris and Democrats hate India and Modi Government. No vote for this Harris
Trump is absolutely right. I hope Harris does not get elected and whoever Indians are supporting her should think twice about this Chameleon. She never considered herself Indian , always black. She dislikes India and Indians. Trump is the best choice for India!!
Kamala harris calls herself as black not indian.biden was not a friend of indian before now says all this to get vote.democrats are like congress in india