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I have more Indians than Kamala Harris: Trump

Washington, Aug 15 (IANS) President Donald Trump has claimed that he has “more Indians” than Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage.

He made the remarks on Friday while addressing the New York City law enforcement union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), that has endorsed the President in the race for the White House.

“(If) Sleepy Joe Biden were to become President, he would immediately pass legislation to gut every single police department in America… And probably she’s a step worse, Kamala.

“She is of Indian heritage. Remember I said I have more Indians than her… I have more than she does,” he added.

Referring to Massachusetts’ Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, Trump said: “I was sort of hoping he (Biden) was going to pick Pocahontas… She’s another beauty.”

“We got names for all of them. What’s better Sleepy Joe or Slow Joe?” the President asked, having his crowd cheer louder for the nickname they preferred, reports Fox News.

In his address, Trump also attacked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a Democrat, and said he “has launched a crusade against the police”.

The President described how he watched a protestor dump a bucket of water on two police officers and said, “I wish they fought back”.

Trump’s latest attack on Harris came a day after he said that that the California Senator “doesn’t qualify” to serve as US Vice President, while amplifying the fringe legal ‘birther’ theory that critics decry as racist.

“I just heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements and by the way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a very highly qualified, very talented lawyer.

“I have no idea if that’s right. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for Vice President.

“But that’s a very serious… you’re saying that, they’re saying that she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC report.

On August 11, Biden picked Harris to be his running mate for the November 3 election, in a historic move that marked a breakthrough for Indian-Americans in US politics.


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Kamala Devi Harris has deftly melded her dominant African American identity with that of her Indian background as a Tamil to create the evergreen American classic of the immigrant dream. Born in the US to immigrants, cancer researcher Shyamala Gopalan from India and economics professor Donald Harris from Jamaica, Harris has leaped in a generation to running for a position that could put her a heartbeat away from the presidency. She wrote in her memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” that she was raised in “a place where people believed in the most basic tenet of the American Dream: that if you worked hard and do right by the world, your kids will be better of than you were.” On Tuesday Joe Biden, who is to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, announced that she would be on his ticket at the nominee for vice president. Her multiracial background – which includes a layer of a White Jewish husband, Douglas Emhoff, and two step children – gives her a degree of identity fluidity to navigate American society riven by race and ethnicity. After her parents divorced when she was only seven, Harris was brought up by her mother, whom she has described as “tough and fierce and protective” yet “generous and loyal and funny,” and credits her for her success. In her memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” Harris wrote that the lesson “it was service to others that gave life purpose and meaning” that she inherited from her mother came from her grandmother Rajam, who had not completed high school but was a fiery protector of victims of domestic abuse. Moving from New Delhi to Berkeley for her PhD in the tumultuous era of the 1960s civil rights movements, Shyamala Gopalan joined the protests “with a sense of justice imprinted on her soul,” Harris wrote. Her relationship with fellow-activist Donald Harris grew under the clamor of the protests and Kamala Harris recalls, “My parents often brought me in a stroller with them to civil rights marches.” Full report on our website. Link in bio. #kamalaharris #bidenharris2020 #kamaladeviharris

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