Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has slammed Republican front-runner Donald Trump for mocking an Indian call center worker during an election rally this week, saying it shows disrespect towards the community and is reflective of his divisive rhetoric.
“Donald Trump mocking Indian workers is just typical of his disrespect that he has shown to groups across the spectrum,” said John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton Campaign.
“He has run a campaign of bigotry and division. I think that’s quite dangerous for the country when you think about the fact that you need friends, allies. The kind of campaign he is running breeds disrespect across the globe and breeds division and danger here at home,” he told reporters in German town, Maryland after formally launching ‘Indian- Americans for Hillary’, an effort by the community to rally behind the Democratic presidential front runner.
Podesta was reacting to Trump’s apparent use of a fake Indian accent to mock a call center representative in India during a campaign rally in Delaware this week.
The real estate tycoon said that he called up his credit card company to find out whether their customer support is based in the US or overseas.
At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders.
Meanwhile, an Indian-American entrepreneur also hit out at Trump, calling his comments “demeaning”.
“When Donald Trump fakes the accent of an Indian at the help desk, it is demeaning and demonizing to me personally,” said Frank Islam, a top Indian-American bundler in the Clinton campaign who has helped raised more than USD 100,000 for her.