United States presidential nominee Donald Trump’s son Eric on Saturday took part in a traditional Indian ‘aarti’ ahead of the crucial Election Day on November 8th to pray for his father’s victory.
This is not the first that the Trump campaign has tried to woo the Hindu and the Indian-American community as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump had visited a Hindu temple last month in Virginia.
Taking the campaign further, the Republican nominee even appeared speaking Hindi for a presidential campaign ad ahead of Diwali.
Trump was seen uttering “Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar (This time Trump government)” – adapting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 vote-winning catchphrase as his.
The video opened with the message “Happy Diwali” and borrowed footage of Trump speaking at a Hindu gathering in New Jersey this month, lighting an oil lamp and promising close US-Indian relations.
“The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House. We love the Hindus, we love India,” he says in the ad.
Last month Trump also attended a charity event last month hosted by members of the Hindu community in Edison, where he praised India for helping to combat terrorism.
In another statement, he also praised the Hindu community’s ‘fantastic’ contributions to world civilisation and American culture.
His efforts to woo Hindus have not proved futile as Hindu Sena, a right-wing organisation in India held a havan (a sacred ritual) for the victory of the presumptive Republican nominee and even celebrated his birthday with a cake, balloons and posters.