Election 2020: Clash of Trumpers vs Never Trumpers.
Democrats led by Joe Biden and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris have made their case against what they called Donald Trumpâ€™s â€œchaotic and divisiveâ€ presidency.
Now itâ€™s the former TV reality starâ€™s turn to outshine them with a part digital part in-person four day Republican convention and convince voters why he should get four more years in the White House.
Unlike the 2016 convention which had more than 2,400 delegates, no more than 336 delegates will gather in-person in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday to formally renominate Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Centered around an overarching theme of “Honoring the Great American Storyâ€, it will feature everyday Americans who will testify how Trump has positively affected their lives.
Trump, who kept up a constant tirade against â€œthe radical leftâ€ Democrats led by â€œSleepy Joeâ€ and his â€œeven worseâ€ VP pick Harris, is expected to feature prominently during each day of the event from Washington.
Starting with “Land of Promise,â€ on Monday the convention will revolve around the themes of “Land of Opportunity,â€ “Land of Heroesâ€ and “Land of Greatnessâ€ over four days.
While Trump is likely to accept his nomination in a speech from the White House in front of an audience on Thursday, Pence is set to deliver a speech from Baltimore’s Fort McHenry a day earlier.
The fort is the site of a famous naval battle in the War of 1812 that inspired the words of the US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
Besides first lady Melania Trump and his adult children, speakers at the Republican convention are expected to include South Carolinaâ€™s former Indian American governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Trump wasnâ€™t there at last weekâ€™s virtual Democratic convention where Harrisâ€™ historic nomination overshadowed Bidenâ€™s. But the conclave seemed more like an indictment of Trump than a celebration of their own.
Speaker after speaker from former President Barack Obama whom the brash billionaire replaced, to Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 battle to him, cast him as unfit for the worldâ€™s most powerful office.
Biden himself vowing to end the â€œseason of darknessâ€ under the â€œcurrent presidentâ€ without ever naming him, warned against giving â€œfour more yearsâ€Â to â€œ a president who takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others.â€
And Harris hailed by Biden as his â€œgreat vice presidentâ€ and a â€œpowerful voice for this nationâ€ branded Trump as â€œa president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.â€
Still sore at losing to Trump in 2016 despite polling three million more votes Clinton cautioned against November becoming another â€œwoulda coulda shouldaâ€ election. She asked Democrats to vote in overwhelming numbers so that Trump â€œcanâ€™t sneak or steal his way to victory.â€
Indian American voters:Â So did Harris, the first black and Indian American woman vice presidential pick who has made the two million strong community a key constituency in battleground states wooed by Democrats and Republicans alike.
On Indiaâ€™s Aug. 15 Independence Day at a virtual campaign event for the Indian American voters, Biden and Harris promised to â€œstand with India,â€ if elected.
Not to be left behind, the Trump campaign issued a 107 second video commercial seeking â€œ4 MORE YEARSâ€ with clips from the â€œNamaste Trumpâ€ event in Ahmedabad in February and â€œHowdy Modyâ€ show in Houston last September.
“America enjoys a great relationship with India and our campaign enjoys great support from Indian-Americans!” tweeted Kimberly Guilfoyle, national chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee releasing the commercial.
Railing against the Biden-Harris ticket last week, Trump himself bragged that Harris â€œis of Indian heritage. I have more Indians than she has.â€
Indian American voters have traditionally leaned towards Democrats, but Trump supporters have claimed a shift towards the President by as much as 50%.
But a leading Indian American pollster questioned their claim saying, â€œWe donâ€™t know how scientific their survey is and what methodology they used.â€
â€œFrom the data and evidence that weâ€™ve seen so far, Indian Americans still have a strong Democratic Party leaning,â€ Karthick Ramakrishnan, AAPIData founder, told the Times of India.
â€œThey have been voting Democrat as long as weâ€™ve been collecting data since 2008, and there is nothing to indicate that has changed in any significant way,â€ said the Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of California, Riverside.
Ramakrishnan also thinks â€œKamala Harrisâ€™ nomination is a game-changer but it really depends on how the Democratic Party plays this.â€
â€œTrump can say he is a friend of India and friend of (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, but it is not from our survey data that this translates into support for the Republican Party,â€ he said.
Ramakrishnan also believes 1.8 million Indian American voters â€œare crucial in several swing states that Trump won by a whisker in 2016, including Michigan and Pennsylvania.”
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