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Ash Khare, the Indian-American elector who stood up against Trump Critics

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Pennsylvania’s 20 electors casted their votes at the state’s House chambers.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — When Ash Khare left India for greener pastures in the United States, he departed with two bachelor’s degrees and $8 in his pocket. Today, he has 45 patents, published a multitude of papers and is a member of the electoral college voters.

Khare has become a pseudo celebrity lately after he became the face of defiance to the calls for deserting Donald Trump in the electoral college vote.

On his way home from the vote Monday, the 68-year-old immigrant from Kanpur prepared himself for two nightly rituals he’s come to dread: checking his mailbox and email. On a daily basis, Khare said he receives at least 6,000 emails regarding the election and its winner, Donald Trump. He said he’s received another 17,000 calls, and so many pieces of mail that his local post station was required to assign him a private deliveryman.

When he shared some of the letters he’s received with law enforcement, a plainclothes officer was assigned to protect him.

“What am I supposed to do with all of these?” Some of the thousands of letters Khare has received. Photo courtesy: CNN

People were writing to him from all over the country, Khare said, and the world — Germany, UK, France, Australia and, he remembered clearly, Costa Rica — urging the Republican Elector to not vote for Trump.

“One seven-year-old girl called to say she was scared of Trump,” he told CNN. “How the hell can a seven year old girl be scared of Donald Trump, you tell me.”

Another woman called to say her father survived the Holocaust and now she was scared of Donald Trump. “Lady, I told her, what do you want me to do about it,” he said.

“This is harassment,” Khare claimed, assigning blame to the Clinton campaign for using their vast resources to broadcast a message with the “dumbest, stupid ideas” to their donors in an attempt to explain why the Democratic nominee lost the election. This despite the phenomenal amount of money she spent.

But Khare, who has been a Republican for decades, wouldn’t budge on his vote. He was one of the 538 electors who voted in the electoral college, and the only Indian American among them who voted for the billionaire real estate mogul, he said. Trump won the electoral college vote by a final tally of 304-227.

Khare has recently emerged as a vocal opponent of those who were working for Trump’s defeat in the electoral college election.

“I am doing my duty,” Khare said. “I am for Mr. Trump. I am for his agenda. I am totally excited. The way he his picking his cabinet, the way he is doing his thing. I believe the greatest days of this country are yet to come. And I am glad I am alive to be able to see it.”

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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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