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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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Googling ‘idiot’ Bringing up Donald Trump Pictures Drags Google in Trouble

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing "examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)