Current Affairs

Recruiting Minorities to Defeat Trump

Yatindra Bhatnagar

Sarita Sarvate is, normally, an intelligent analyst and frequently writes with a clear conscience and a sense of purpose. Not so her “The United States of Minorities” (India Currents, June 2016) where she makes an about-face and then starts a campaign to enlist all minorities to rally behind Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump. The irony is Sarvate herself does not think Hillary is a perfectly suitable candidate. 

Right from the outset Sarvate heaped strong - and uncalled for - abusive words on Trump such as Ignoramus, racist, fascist, misogynist, white supremacist, narcissist, psychopath and bully.

Sadly, she doesn’t like a candidate who calls a spade a spade, who is not following the disastrous ‘politically correct’ policy, who wants to strengthen national defense against terrorists and potential terrorists and who does want to stop the unabated flow of illegal immigrants from across the southern borders and other unfriendly countries, and who is not beholden to the establishment/Wall Street biggies and lobbyists.

Comparing Trump to Hitler is, probably, the depth of wayward and malicious thinking I never expected from a balanced writer like Sarvate. However, she is entitled to her opinion and can defend Hillary also as a feminist (what a role model for women who kept defending her philandering husband just because she could enjoy all the privileges given to the First Lady at tax-payer’s expense!) 

Some writers don’t care if Hillary violated rules and compromised national security with her e-mail scandal, was inept at handling radical Islamic attacks in Benghazi (Libya) resulting in the deaths of the American ambassador and others, and also was an equal participant in the flow of multi-million dollar foreign donations to Clinton Foundation with dubious deals and disbursement.

And don’t forget the cruel, public humiliation by Hillary of the Deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, found dead a few days later outside Washington, D.C., July 20, 1993. Foster was a friend of the Clintons, and though his death was officially ruled a suicide, cover-up theories and allegedly suppressed evidence say something else. The whole Hillary baggage is too large, additionally saddled with millions earned via speeches at big biz meetings – the copies of which she refuses to make public.   

Hillary Clinton’s personal behavior, demeanor, and contempt for uniformed people (Secret Service, military and the police) are amply illustrated in the book the First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler. A whole chapter is about Hillary starting with the words “If Joe Biden is inconsiderate with Secret Service agents, Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi. When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness and imperiousness become evident.”

There are dozens of examples in the book of what Hillary really is.

Then there is another book "Crisis of Character," by ex-Secret Service Officer Gary J. Byrne, who was “posted directly outside President Clinton’s Oval Office.” The 285-page book describes Hillary Clinton’s “appalling leadership style” as being “volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants, and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else.”

Talking about Mahatma Gandhi, I will only remind Sarvate and the Indo-American community – especially ‘AAPI for Hillary’ people - of how the Democratic presidential virtual nominee had demeaned the hardworking Indian community with her racist words about the great leader. She had said, though many years back, at a fund-raiser: “He [Gandhi] ran a gas station down in St. Louis. No, he was a great leader of the twentieth century.” That “sick joke” had berated the big hardworking Indian community. That was a classic case of hurtful stereotypes that perpetuates ignorance and cause harm to the Indian – or any other – community.

Sarita Sarvate could have done much better by enumerating the good qualities, merits and competence, if any, of the candidate she rather reluctantly supports for The White House.

God save the Country! 

[This was printed as a letter in India Currents, Northern California, July, 2016]