New York, (Samajweekly) US President Donald Trump’s supporters have produced a video ad targeting Indian-Americans as he campaigns against the Democratic Party ticket that has Kamala Harris, who is of partial Indian descent, as the Vice-Presidential candidate.
The ad has clips from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Howdy Mody” rally in Texas last year and Trump’s Ahmedabad “Namaste Trump” meeting this year, with both leaders proclaiming their and their nations’ close ties and friendship.
“We have come to know the splendour of four million Indian Americans. They are truly spectacular people. Thank you all for the contributions you have made to my beloved country,” Trump says in a clip from the Ahmedabad meeting.
“I have the honour to introduce you to my family,” Modi says in the Houston clip.
Credit for the ad’s concept is given to Al Mason, the co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee.
Mason, who described himself as a consultant on educational institutions, hospitals and global real estate investments, tweeted: “Trump Power: 50% + Indian American Democrats In Each of The Battle Ground State Are Crossing Over To ReElect President @realDonaldTrump.”
There are about ten battleground states that, according to analysts, are not firmly committed to either party and can swing either way. They are crucial in US presidential elections because the victor is not decided by popular votes but by state representatives voted to the electoral college where a majority is required for election.
Although Indian American voters are estimated to number only about 1.8 million, their votes in the battleground ground states could contribute to making a difference because Trump carried Michigan in the 2016 election only by about 10,000 votes...