EXCLUSIVE: Surging Indian-American Support for Republican Party Under Donald Trump
President Donald Trump’s campaign was a turning point for Indian- and Hindu-American voters, according to the head of America’s Republican Hindu Coalition.
Although Indian and Hindu voters have sided with the Democratic party in the past, President Trump has changed that. During Trump’s campain, Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, an entrepreneur under consideration to be the United States ambassador to India, invested much time into swaying Hindu-American voters away from the Democratic Party and toward a Republican vote.
A recent book about Kumar’s contributions to President Trump’s campaign called Abi Ki Baar Trump Sarkar (Next Time it Will be the Trump Administration) the past and present of Indian-American votes. In 2o12, only 16% of Hindu-Americans voted for Mitt Romney. In 2016, 65% Hindu-Americans voted for Donald Trump. This ethnic group was the only one that saw this kind of drastic change in one election.
What caused the switch?
Kumar, in an interview with Breitbart News, attributes this to Trump campaigning among these voters. “We had a candidate, for the first time, that adopted” policies that specifically addressed Indian- and Hindu-American concerns, he said. Kahrs, in his book, agrees.
The book argues that it was Trump’s message to Hindu-Americans that “powered the most consequential ad of the 2016 election cycle.” An ad targeted at the community stated, for example, “The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House.
“We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi. Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar. We love the Hindus, we love India. I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message.”
“In the battleground states, we had 207,000 Democrat votes switched to Republican votes,” Kumar told Breitbart News.
More and more people are seeing the benefits to leaving the Democratic party. Let’s help spread the light!