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Indian-American Supporters of Obama in Florida favour US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton

Although men have switched sides, women seem to support US Presidential Hillary Clinton

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Jacksonville (Florida), November 3, 2016: Many Indian Americans living in Florida, who supported US President Barack Obama in the previous presidential elections, are now supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.

According to PTI, though many of the supporters have switched sides, women appear to be solidly supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her work for the benefit of women and children

“She (Clinton) has a lot of experience. She has worked for children and women all her life. There is such a huge gap between her experience and what Trump (70) represent,” said  Indrani Sindhuvalli, professor of Biology at the Florida State College in Jacksonville to PTI.

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“He (Trump) is so negative and so inexperienced. I can’t support him,” said Sindhuvalli, who voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections.

“Have you listened to what he has said about women? I would not be voting for him. (Hillary Clinton) is my choice for presidency,” Rani Ignatius, 61, who lives near Orlando, said.

But men seem to solidly support Donald Trump.

Founder and chairman of Orlando-based Shantiniketan (a home for Indian American senior citizens) Iggy Ignatius said, “This is time that we hand over the leadership of the country to a non-politician. Even though he is not very articulate as a politician should be, his policies are in the best interest of the United States,” mentioned PTI.

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“His policies make a lot of sense and are in the best interest of the US and the world. This is a man who appears to be genuine in his commitment. I am making a one-time exception to vote for Trump because of his commitment to fight terrorism, and policies on health care and immigration,” said a life-long registered Democrat from Tampa, Dr Pawan Rattan.

However, Dr Rattan faces some serious tough opposition from his own daughter when he talks about supporting Trump. She wants him to support Hillary Clinton.

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Satya Shaw, an Indian American certified public accountant, said, “I voted for change. But there is no change. Tax rates have increased. Health care bills have jumped.”

He supported Obama in the previous presidential elections and is not satisfied. He believes that Trump will repeal and replace Obama care on his first day and also reduce the income tax.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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  • Shivani Vohra

    That’s surprising, as Obama is supporting Clinton.

  • Chris Hugh

    Are they aware that Trump wants to give nukes to Saudi Arabia?
    breitbart dot com/video/2016/03/29/trump-i-hate-proliferation-but-it-would-be-better-if-japan-saudi-arabia-and-south-korea-had-nuclear-weapons/

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Trump meets Florida school shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers

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The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.
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US President Donald Trump met survivors and families of the victims that were killed in the Florida school shooting and suggested that teachers and staff members should be provided with arms to avert such massacres, the media reported.

Trump’s comment came during a White House “listening session” on Wednesday which was attended by families and students including six survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old man Nikolas Cruz armed with an assault rifle killed 17 people on February 14, reports CNN.

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.

“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said, stating that schools could arm up to 20 per cent of their teachers to stop “maniacs” who may try and attack them.

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“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “Gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us’.”

The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence.
The event brought Trump face-to-face with students and parents who have demanded action on gun violence. Wikimedia Commons

Acknowledging that the idea was controversial, Trump said that his administration would give it serious study.

The President also called for more mental institutions and hospitals in addition to the idea of arming teachers.

Trump’s idea of arming teachers and school staff was met with support from many of the attendees, CNN reported.

Fred Abt, the father of Parkland shooting survivor Carson Abt, said he had discussed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that rather than waiting for first responders to arrive, it would be more efficient to have firearms locked on school campuses.

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“One possible solution, which may not be very popular, would be to have people in the school, teachers, administrators who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom who are given training throughout the year,” he said.

“There are plenty of teachers who are already licensed to carry firearms, have them raise their hands to volunteer for the training, and when something like this starts, the first responders are already on campus.

Andrew Pollack, a father of one of the 17 victims who died in the Florida shooting, said he was speaking because his daughter couldn’t.

“We as a country failed our children…

This shouldn’t happen.”

The President, flanked by the students, went around the room and shook hands before commencing the session.

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Trump also later tweeted he would “always remember” the event, adding “we must keep our children safe”.

“I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families,” he tweeted, along with a link to the full event.

“So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!” (IANS)