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Washington, December 17, 2016: US President-elect Donald Trump thanked the Indian-Americans, acknowledging their contribution in his electoral triumph, saying his victorious campaign did “great with the Hindus”.

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Trump, while addressing thousands of his supporters during a “Thank You” rally in Orlando, Florida said, “We have a lot of people here tonight from the Indian community, Hindus. We did great with the Hindus.”

For the first time Trump has acknowledged the contribution of Indian-Americans, in his historic electoral victory, in the event in Florida, which has a sizeable Indian-American population and was attended by a large number of community members.

Trump pointing his fingers to the Indian-American community present at the rally said,

“Where are they? We have a big group. There they are. I want to thank you. You folks were amazing. They were amazing and voted and they were fantastic.”

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Before the elections, Donald Trump attended a Republican Hindu Coalition’s charity event that was organised to raise funds for Hindu victims of terror in Bangladesh and Kashmir.
For the first time a presidential candidate attended an Indian-American event.

Not only Trump, his family members too visited the temples in both Florida and Virginia; a first time for a presidential campaign.

In the campaign, Trump also released an advertisement saying “Aab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar”, copying the punchline of Modi’s historic 2014 election.

Chairman of Republican Hindu Coalition Shalabh Salli Kumar said, all these had an impact on the voting pattern of the Indian-Americans, who all have been traditionally Democratic supporters.

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Based on a survey, Kumar said, “More than 60 per cent of the community members voted for Trump this time.”

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