File photo of Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (c), accompanied by her presidential campaign chairman John Podesta (l) and David McCallum (r), Deputy Chief of Staff of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), arriving at the weekly Democratic Senate Policy Luncheon July 14, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong | Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has slammed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for mocking an Indian call center worker during an election rally around April 25, saying it shows disrespect towards the community and is reflective of his divisive rhetoric, writes Lalit K. Jha. (@Siliconeer, #Siliconeer, #2016USPresidentialRace, #HillaryClinton, #DonaldTrump, #Trump, #IndianBPOs, #IndianCallCenters)
“Donald Trump mocking Indian workers is just typical of his disrespect that he has shown to 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 breeds 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 center representative in India during a campaign rally in Delaware, the week of April 25.
The real estate tycoon said that he called up his credit card company to find out whether their customer support is based in the U.S. or overseas.
At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders.
Meanwhile, an Indian American entrepreneur also hit out at Trump, calling his comments “demeaning.”
“When Donald Trump fakes the accent of an Indian at the help desk, it is demeaning and demonizing to me personally,” said Frank Islam, a top Indian American bundler in the Clinton campaign who has helped raise more than $100,000 for her.
A resident of Maryland, Islam is part of the newly launched ‘Indian Americans for Hillary.’
He also disagreed with the remarks of Republican Governor from Maine, Paul LePage, who had said that Indian workers are “worst” and “hardest” to understand.
“I do not know, where he got that impression. I consider Indian Americans very hard working and they aim high,” he said.
“I consider Indian Americans to be thoughtful, constructing, hardworking and resilient. So I do not agree with him,” Islam said, adding that the community played a key role in strengthening the country.