Donald Trump’s supporters target Pakistani origin Huma Abedin for supporting Hillary

Huma Abedin


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Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), the pro-Trump group has released an anti-Hillary ad which was primarily focused on her aide Huma Abedin being of Pakistan origin. The ad released on Monday was specifically created by RHC to target Huma Abedin because of her Muslim background and her time spent in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The ad was a part of the campaign by Trump-supporters to get the Indian-origin people on their side by using cheap tactics.

Abedin is a vice-chairwoman in Hillary’s presidential campaign, and according to a clip released by RHC on Tuesday, Huma will be made the chief of staff, if Hillary manages to win the elections. The pro-Trump ad, also expressed Hillary to be sympathetic towards Pakistan, while giving it a controversial touch by involving India-Pakistan issues. The Kashmir-affair, military support to Pakistan and whatnot, have been used against the Democratic presidential nominee by RHC. The ad, did not specifically mention the Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, however, RHC has been previously known to have collaborated and supported Trump in the past.

The narrator in the clip spoke about Hillary Clinton’s policies saying:

Hillary — sympathetic towards Pakistan, gave billions in aid and military equipment used against India. She takes contributions from countries and individuals know to support radical Islam. Her husband, Bill Clinton, wants to give Kashmir to Pakistan. Vote Republican — great for you, great for U.S.-India relations and great for America.

According to the New York Post, the ad will be shown on more than a dozen TV channels in the USA, especially for Indian viewers. Regarding Trump’s collaboration with RHC, it is very clear that he spoke at an RHC event in Edison last month, in which he talked to Indian-Americans in Hindi chanting BJP’s slogan ‘Ab ki baar Trump Sarkaar’. RHC’s founder, Shalabh Kumar seems to have a great liking for the Republican, and he spoke about Trump in the last month’s event, saying Trump to be:

Great leader for our country and the world.

This is not the first time that Huma’s origin has been a debating point, especially among the Republicans. She was accused by the Republicans including Michelle Bachmann, to have supported Muslim brotherhood in 2012. However, the then Senator John McCain, defended her during those debates on Senate floor in 2012. He said:

When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer for it. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now.

On one hand, Trump has been trying to get the support of Pakistan-Americans by offering to resolve the Kashmir-conflict between India and Pakistan, whereas on the other hand, he is using the same issue or rather a number of issues – bones of contention between the neighboring countries, to win the support of Indian-Americans. People are forced, by no other than Donald Trump, to believe that he is playing a double-game using double-standards.