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Minority groups accuse Trump of Bigotry: Is Trump a Racist?

Donald Trump has support from unconventional quarters including Hispanics, Hindus, Muslims and African-American communities

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, though quite infamous for his controversial remarks against the members of minority communities in the US, seems to have found some unconventional support from the same quarters.

Several Hispanic, Hindu, Muslim and African-American leaders are espousing his vision of ‘Make America Great Again’. While some are critical of his sharp rhetoric, there is little doubt about his leadership and business skills among them.

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Denouncing the accusations of bigotry and racism that have been levied against the Republican nominee, minority group leaders such as Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, American Muslim Sajid Tarar and Shalli Kumar, chairman of the Republican-Hindu Coalition are enthusiastically rallying for him, reported cbc.ca news.

Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, says his internet-based group has 20,000 members. Image source: Mark Gollom/CBC
Marco Gutierrez, a member of Latinos for Trump, says his internet-based group has 20,000 members. Image source: Mark Gollom/CBC

Gutierrez, whose organisation boasts over 20,000 Hispanic members, believes that beyond the heated arguments over Trump’s remarks regarding deportation of illegal immigrants, maintaining a healthy balance of Republican and Democrats in the Hispanic community is important.

While there’s no denying that such comments have also caused anger and panic amongst the American-Muslims, Sajid Tarar, considers himself “part of the angry Americans against the traditional politicians”. “Trump is an outsider. He says whatever he feels like. He doesn’t have some staffer writing his speeches,” he told the Washington Post.

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Similarly, Shalli Kumar, chairman of the Republican-Hindu Coalition, decries the accusations against the Republican candidate as a propaganda that is being furthered by the gullible youth.

“There is not an ounce of racism in Trump,” he said to cbc.ca news. “There are a lot of people who have come out and told me before we got on the Trump bandwagon, that ‘Shalli, make sure you’re for Trump.’ That’s from the Hindu-American community, a lot of businessmen, told me that.”

 C.J. Jordan, deputy director of political and community affairs for the Republican National Convention said to cbc.ca news, people must learn to differentiate between political oratory and one’s personal views.

“I’m an entrepreneur, I’m a black female, I’m a Republican and I’m proud.”

– prepared by Ashee Sharma of NewsGram Team

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U.S. President Donald Trump Criticize Social Media Companies For Spreading Foreign Propaganda

In July, during a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing, executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified they did not remove content based on political reasons.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that it is “very dangerous” for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to silence voices on their services.

Trump’s comments in an interview with Reuters come as the social media industry faces mounting scrutiny from Congress to police foreign propaganda.

Trump has made his Twitter account — with more than 53 million followers — an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics.

Trump previously criticized the social media industry on Aug. 18, claiming without evidence in a series of tweets that unnamed companies were “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” In the same post, Trump said “too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad.”

Those tweets followed actions taken by Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Facebook to remove some content posted by Infowars, a website run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Jones’ own Twitter account was temporarily suspended on Aug. 15.

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Trump has made his Twitter account — with more than 53 million followers — an integral and controversial part of his presidency. Pixabay.

“I won’t mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you tomorrow,” Trump said.

Trump appeared on a show produced by Infowars, hosted by Jones, in December 2015 while campaigning for the White House. In removing Jones’ content, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook each pointed to specific user agreement violations. For example, Facebook removed several pages associated with Infowars after determining they violated policies concerning hate speech and bullying.

Twitter and Facebook declined to comment on Trump’s statement. Apple and Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In July, during a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing, executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified they did not remove content based on political reasons.

“Our purpose is to serve the conversation, not to make value judgments on personal beliefs,” Nick Pickles, Twitter’s senior strategist, said at the time.(VOA)