Washington: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has slammed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for mocking an Indian call centre worker during an election rally this week, saying it showed disrespect towards the Indian American community and reflected his divisive rhetoric.
“Donald Trump mocking Indian workers is typical of the disrespect he has shown towards groups across the spectrum,” said John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton Campaign.
“He has run a campaign of bigotry and division. I think that’s quite dangerous for the country when you think about the fact that you need friends, allies. The kind of campaign he is running breeds disrespect across the globe and division and danger here at home,” he told reporters in Germantown, Maryland, after formally launching “Indian- Americans for Hillary,” an effort by the community to rally behind the Democratic presidential front runner.
Podesta was reacting to Trump’s apparent use of a fake Indian accent to mock a call centre representative in India during a campaign rally in Delaware this week. Trump said that he had called his credit card company to find out whether their customer support was based in the US or overseas. Even while mocking the call centre representative, however, he described India as a great place, asserting that he was not angry with Indian leaders.
Meanwhile, an Indian American entrepreneur based in Maryland also criticised Trump for his mockery, calling it “demeaning.”
“When Donald Trump fakes the accent of an Indian at the help desk, it is demeaning and demonising to me personally,” said Frank Islam, a top Indian-American bundler in the Clinton campaign who is part of “Indian Americans for Hillary” and has helped raise more than 100,000 dollars for her.
He also disagreed with the remarks of Republican Governor from Maine Paul LePage, who said that Indian workers are “worst” and “hardest” to understand.
“I do not know where he got that impression. I consider Indian-Americans to be thoughtful, hardworking and resilient. I do not agree with him,” Islam asserted, adding that the Indian American community plays a key role in strengthening the economy and culture of the US.