There has been a “noticeable shift” in the Sikh community’s support for President Donald Trump, in large part because of his policies that help strengthen small business and Indo-American relations in the United States, executives say from the community.
Trump, a Republican, is seeking re-election to the White House in the November 3 presidential election. A significant number of Sikhs are based in Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, and some battlefield states of Pennsylvania.
“Most of us in the Midwest are business people. And they’re all for President Trump, ”said Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, a successful entrepreneur and prominent Sikh leader from the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.
He said Trump was supporting nationally and particularly in the region due to efforts to strengthen relations with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dhaliwal said: “This cannot be said about (Senator) Kamala Harris.”
Harris is the Democratic Party’s running mate.
“Trump is for India. Kamala Harris is Indian (native), but she’s against India, ”he said, adding,“ Those are the two big reasons we’re with Trump. ”
“My fear is that if Trump is not re-elected to the White House, China will get us into a lot of trouble,” he said.
Jassi Singh, Sikhs for Trump, an organization formed in 2016 to seek the support of the President of the Republic, said “there has been a remarkable shift in the support of the Sikh community for Trump.”
“In 2016, many in our community were not supporting Trump. This time I think most Sikhs would vote for Trump, ”he said, adding that a base of support for Trump from the Sikh community is.
Singh, who is from Maryland, said that at a time when every vote counts, the Sikh community can play an important role in the presidential election.
Jaswinder Singh Jassi, president of Sikh Gurdwara Silvis in Illinois, said Sikhs are currently supporting Trump on a large scale, as they have for their efforts to strengthen the small business community and Indo-American relations.
Dismissing Democrats’ claims that hate crimes against Sikhs spread under the Trump administration, Dhaliwal said, “When someone says hate crimes are there. Ask them where they saw it.
Dhaliwal said he has lived in the United States for almost 50 years and that “I have not seen any hate crime. When we see something small happening to us, we try to think of it as a hate crime. ”
Coincidentally, a white supremacist opened fire inside Oak Creek Gurdwara in Winkins, killing six people. A Sikh priest, who was injured in the shootings that paralyzed him, later died.
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