Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has showered praise on ‘fantastic’ contributions made by Hindu community to the world civilisation and American culture.
“The Hindu community has made fantastic contributions to world civilisation and to American culture and we look forward to celebrating our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values, and a strong American foreign policy,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump, 70, would be addressing an Indian-American event in New Jersey next month, to raise funds for the victims of Islamic terror. Trump would be the key note speaker at The Humanity United Against Terror Charity event.
This would be the first time in the last two presidential elections that a presidential has confirmed to attend a public Indian American event.
The event has been organised by Republican Hindu Coalition, which is founded and headed by Indian American Shalli Kumar from Illinois.
He had issued a short 24-second video message inviting Indian-Americans to attend the ‘incredible’ event on October 15.
According to the Trump Campaign, the all-day event brings together top actors, dancers, and singers from Bollywood, Hindu spiritual and civic leaders for a celebration of Hindu culture and heritage.
Kumar, who has been appointed by Trump to his advisory committee for people from Asia Pacific region, said he expects some 10,000 people to attend the event.
Trump’s move to attend the event is aimed towards wooing the small but powerful Indian-American community who can play a key role in some of the battle ground States like Virginia if the race is close.
A recent Pew Survey had said that Indian-Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.