Indian Americans to play key role in battle ground States believes Trump campaign The Indian American community are all set to play a key role in some of the battle ground States, an official of the Trump campaign said Tuesday, asserting that as a result of an aggressive outreach of President Donald Trump, there are indications of size-able swing of the community away from the Democratic party, where they have traditionally supported and voted.
“More than 50 percent of Indian-American in the battle ground states, who have being voting for Democrats thus far, are crossing over to support President Trump, in his re-election bid - come November 3, 2020,” Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee told PTI in an interview.
Mason, said that his analysis is based on the findings of his team at the grass-root level in some of the key battleground States like Michigan, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In all there are an estimated four million Indian Americans in the US of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the November 2020 presidential election.
“These 50 percent of the Indian Americans (switching away from Democrats) which constitute 50,000 to 60,000 additional votes for President Trump in each of the battle ground states, will surprisingly make a big difference, in case of the race running close - though Trump will win those states with a wide margin,” Mason asserted.
For instance, in Michigan, Mason claims 45,000 voters out of 70,000 Indian American voters who vote for Democrats, will switch for Trump - giving Trump a total of 65,000 Votes. Similarly, in Florida, his study reveals that 50,000 voters out of 110,000 Indian Americans who vote for Democrats, will switch sides in November.
In Texas, he expects 50,000 voters out of 200,000 voters who vote for Democrats, will switch for Trump. In Pennsylvania. 40,000 voters out of 110,000 Indian Americans voters who vote for Democrats, will switch top GOP and in Virginia, which has 165,000 potential Indian American voters, he expects 45,000 of the 100,000 Indian Americans move away from the Democrats to Trump.
In Michigan, there are 120,000 potential Indian American voters, Florida (190,000), Texas (470,000) and Pennsylvania (170,000). Political pundits have identified these States as key battleground States for the November 3 presidential elections. Based on his months of in-depth research and a massive out-reach towards the Indian American community, Mason said that there are substantive reasoning and influencing factors for this mass exodus of the Indian - American voters from the Democrats to Trump.
Majority of Indian-American highly approve of Trump's handling of the corona virus pandemic, as well as all prudent steps he has taken for the revival of the US economy - create jobs once again, he said.
“But there is also a major factor in play - which is termed as “Respect". Indian-Americans feel respected and acknowledged for the first time by a US president - President Trump. They notice that the India - US relation has never been better, as it is now under Trump,” mason said in response to a question.
“Right from the start of his presidency, Trump has been the best friend of India and Indian-Americans . Therefore they value the genuine friend ship between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi - giving Trump credit for the same,” he said.
Even Trump’s family - First Lady Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who have recently visited India with him, have very often expressed their immense respect and love for India, he said.
“Not to overlook Donald Trump JR and Kimberly Guilfoyle-Senior Advisor to Donald Trump for President, Inc. and National Chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee. Both of them have time and again echoed President Trumps love for India and Indian Americans. Kimberly Guilfoyle with her dynamism and sincerity, has taken the Trump campaign to a higher level, reaching out to all communities, including Indian Americans - in a big way,” Mason who is also advisor to Education Institutions and Hospitals said.
The outcome of all this - Indians in India and Indian-Americans love Trump, he said adding that this has led to two historic events in the last one year. The Howdy Modi event in Houston last September which was attended by more than 50,000 Indian-Americans and joint addressed by Trump and Modi. Six months later Trump and Modi jointly addressed “Namaste Trump” event in Ahmedabad that was attended by a record 110,000 plus at the world’s largest cricket stadium in India, with a million Indians greeting and following President Trump from the airport to the rally - and a billion Indians watching Trump's entire India trip on TV.
“This kind of love by the Indians in India for President Trump - which was magical, has never before been bestowed on any other world leader,” he said explaining the reasons for Indian Americans moving towards Trump in the November 2020 presidential elections.
“Because of this immense enthusiasm and love for Trump in India, the topic of US presidential elections and Trump pops up during the daily conversations between the Indian-Americans and their friends and families in India. All this is having a very positive impact on the Indian - Americans - swinging them away from Democrats to President Trump - in large numbers,” Mason said.
“Just as the Trump base will never desert Trump, the Indian - Americans want to cement the goodwill between India & US - by voting for President Trump in very large numbers - and establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with,” Mason said.