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Donald Trump campaigning to Indian Americans, in Hindi

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Donald Trump has begun airing a series of campaign commercials with him speaking Hindi.

Donald Trump has begun airing a series of campaign commercials with him speaking Hindi.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — With Election Day less than one month away, Donald Trump’s campaign is now reaching out to Indian-American voters with a series of new television ads using an adaptation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan.

With Indian music cued in the background, the Republican presidential nominee begins with text on the screen wishing viewers “Happy Diwali” on the eve of the Hindu holiday. The ad then cuts to the Republican presidential nominee’s speech to a charity concert in New Jersey earlier this month organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition.

The ad prominently features an image of Modi, as well as Trump’s take on Modi’s popular campaign slogan: “Abki Bar Trump Sarkar” — or, “This Time, We’re With Trump’s Government.”

The ad also includes images from a 2008 terrorist attack in India, as well as a spin on a popular Trump campaign sign that reads, “Great for America — Great for US-India Relationship.”

Chicago businessman Shalabh Kumar, the chairman of Trump’s Indian-American advisory committee and the founder and head of the Republican Hindu Coalition, said the ad is running almost 20 times a day nationally on 20 networks — including Zee TV USA, an Hindi cable network, and TV Asia.

“He’s the only candidate who has ever spoken Hindi,” Kumar said of the ad.

Trump has received the blessing of a group of Hindu nationalist supporters in India. The New York Times reported the real-estate magnate’s promise to aggressively combat Islamic extremists in particular may appeal to some Indian-American voters. Others have suggested that some voters in the demographic may also support the Republican presidential nominee’s previous plan to bar Muslim immigrants from entering the US.

“Our values are conservative values. There is an information gap,” Kumar said of Hindu voters. “When it comes time to vote, or support a particular candidate, they identify themselves as minorities. And as minorities, they just vote for Democrats.”

“When they come to know all this, they think ‘We should support Trump, we should support Republicans,'” Kumar said.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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