By Arré Bench Nov. 04, 2020
Donald Trump Jr tweeted a world map dominated by the “red wave”, the Republican Party’s colour. However, India along with China, Mexico, New York, and California was painted in Democratic blue. The map, however, as many Indians have pointed out is full of flaws – it doesn’t show J&K or the Northeast as a part of India.
Elections are quite incomplete without early predictions that often have us at the edge of our seats until the last minute. It was only natural that Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, should give his two cents on the ongoing US Presidential Election then. But perhaps Trump Jr could do with some geography lessons.
“Okay, finally got around to making my electoral map prediction,” Trump Jr tweeted along with a world map that was dominated by the “red wave”, the Republican Party’s colour. However, India along with China, Mexico, New York, and California was painted in the Democratic blue.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2020
Using electoral maps to mark the US states in shades of red or blue to indicate Republican or Democratic wins is a common practice. But what caught the attention of netizens was the region of Jammu and Kashmir, which, unlike India, was red alongside Pakistan in support of Trump. The “predication map” also entirely excluded the Indian northeastern states.
What’s especially shocking is that Trump Jr’s mocking and ignorant post has come at a time when India-US relations were considered strong owing to Trump and PM Narendra Modi’s “friendship”. Howdy Modi-Namaste Trump, anyone? As expected, the map was met with a backlash by Indians on Twitter who pointed out the flaws in Trump Jr’s map.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor wasted no time in taking a dig at the government. “The price of Namo’s bromance: Kashmir and the North East cut off from the rest of India, and the whole ‘filthy’ place relegated by Don Jr to the realm of hostiles, along with China and Mexico,” he tweeted. “So much for the crores spent on obsequious serenading stadium events!”
The price of Namo’s bromance: Kashmir & the NorthEast cut off from the rest of India, &the whole “filthy" place relegated by Don Jr to the realm of hostiles, along with China&Mexico. So much for the crores spent on obsequious serenading stadium events! https://t.co/fsI53aSkpv
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 3, 2020
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah too didn’t hold back. “So much for the friendship with Trump Senior,” he mocked the highly publicised Modi-Trump relationship and stated that “Someone needs to take his [Trump Jr’s] colouring pencils away.”
So much for the friendship with Trump Senior. Junior has placed India firmly with @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris though interestingly Jr. believes J&K & the NorthEast go against the rest of India & will vote Trump. Someone needs to take his colouring pencils away. https://t.co/AqVyX4ixdl
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 3, 2020
Maybe the Trumps have finally decided to throw India under the bus once and for all. It was only a few weeks ago during the second presidential debate that Trump Senior described India as “filthy” for its air pollution.
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 23, 2020
Desis clapped back in the best way possible.
It is the problem of autofill of MS paint brush.
That's the only thing I can understand as logical explanation of below tweet. 😉 https://t.co/Gp5g5jD75S
— Anuraag Srivastav (@IamAnurag) November 3, 2020
It's not a price of anything. It's a display of bad MS Paint skills.
Don Jr just filled in the white spaces mindlessly with a Fill tool. 😅
— Meghnad 🔗 (@Memeghnad) November 3, 2020
TBH, MS Paint doesn’t deserve this slander.
Of course, the red wave map had more than one flaw, just like the system. Now, who exactly is voting from the Russian water bodies and… Antarctica?
— 62k on da stopwatch (@yQwO_) November 3, 2020
Y WOULD ANTARTICA B RED NO ONE LIVES DOWN THERE ??? https://t.co/NwGxQtRY4m
— ettie (ˊ̥̥̥̥̥ ³ ˋ̥̥̥̥̥) (@youdothctalking) November 3, 2020
Some points were made.
— PKBanjo (@PKBanjo) November 3, 2020
Okay, several points were made.
Donald Trump Jr apparently thinks:
– Antarctica voted for Donald Trump
– Liberia voted for Joe Biden
– The Caspian Sea is a country
– The Black Sea is a country
– Croatia is not a country
– India is Iran
He must have gone to Trump University
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 3, 2020
Guess the election season gets everyone a little crazy.