A Minute’s Silence for “Indians for Trump”. Mitra Doland Just Called India Filthy


A Minute’s Silence for “Indians for Trump”. Mitra Doland Just Called India Filthy

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Donald Trump is India’s friend on Monday, and then throws us under the bus on Wednesday. He praises India when he needs hydroxychloroquine and poses questions on our coronavirus data when he needs to outdo his opponent in the Presidential debate. In a fresh dig, the US President described the air in India, China, and Russia as “filthy” as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.  “Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” he said during a debate with Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“I will not sacrifice millions of jobs… thousands of companies because of the Paris Accord. It is very unfair,” he added, in a televised debate whether the two candidates avoided shaking hands due to safety risks. This is not the first time Trump has taken a swipe at India over the Paris Climate Accord. 

During a White House briefing in June, 2017, Trump had stated “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions in dollars in foreing aid from developed countries”. He also threw a fit saying “so we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement.  India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.  Think of it:  India can double their coal production.  We’re supposed to get rid of ours.”

While Joe Biden has refrained from making comments about India, Donald Trump took potshots at India’s handling of the pandemic even during the first Presidential debate, stating “you don’t know how many people died in India. They don’t exactly give you a straight count.” In another instance, he even lumped India with China for sending “dirt” in the air.

For someone looking to garner votes from the Indian-American community, Trump’s strategy to run down India in domestic debates seems inexplicable to many, like most things he says and does.

So much for the India-America friendship. While the hugs and rallies around stadiums may make for good photo-ops, Trump clearly does not care.

And though Trump is on point about India’s air quality, it certainly did hurt.

A minute’s silence for the “Indians for Trump” camp is due.