US election 2020: Talking points that got Indians hooked to Trump vs Biden battle

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The US Presidential elections are drawing to a close with results trickling in from the states showing a close contest between incumbent Donald Trump and his challenger Joe Biden. The most divisive US elections in recent times have also garnered massive interest in India with viewers hooked onto the Trump vs Biden campaign in the United States that went on for months.

With Joe Biden choosing Indian-origin Kamala Harris as his running mate, Indians are even more interested in the 2020 US presidential elections than ever before. However, search trends show Indians have shown more interest in the news surrounding Donald Trump and his controversial statements on India over Joe Biden, who is more conservative with his remarks. Follow live updates on US election results

WHAT GOT INDIANS HOOKED?

Joe Biden choosing Kamala Harris

Sometime in mid-August, Democratic candidate Joe Biden grabbed the attention of Indians across the world by choosing Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the White House race. Not just Indian roots, Kamala Harris is also the first Black woman to grab a spot in the big race for White House, making history on many counts.

If elected, Kamala Harris will not only be the first Indian-origin person in the top post in US government, but also the first woman and first Black woman to do so. Kamala Harris has often talked about her Indian mother while appealing to Indian-American voters in the US and shared anecdotes, which have resonated in both India and the US.

Donald Trump calling India ‘filthy’

At the second presidential debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden, while speaking on climate change, Donald Trump spoke of India and said, “Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia, look at India -- it's filthy. The air is filthy.” The remarks didn’t go down well with Indians who took to slamming the US president for his choice of words.

Indians were quick to remind Donald Trump of the US-India friendship while Joe Biden grabbed the opportunity to hit out at his rival and said, “President Trump called India 'filthy'. It's not how you talk about friends and it's not how you solve global challenges like climate change.”

Kamala Harris listing Indian dishes

Kamala Harris is of particular interest among Indians and has often been asked about her Indian roots. During a recent interaction on social media, Kamala Harris listed idli with a “really good sambar” and “any kind of tikka” as her favourite Indian dishes.

Kamala Harris, while responding to a question on what her favourite Indian dishes are, said, “So South Indian, it would be idli with a really good sambar, and then North Indian - probably any kind of tikka”.

Trump picking on India’s Covid numbers

Back in September when coronavirus cases were still peaking in both India and the United States, Donald Trump said that India, China, and Russia “did not exactly give a straight count” on the coronavirus deaths.

“When you talk about [deaths linked to COVID-19] numbers, you don’t know how many people died in China. You don’t know the deaths in Russia or in India they don’t exactly give you a straight count, just so you understand,” Trump said while hitting back at Joe Biden who pulled up his government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis in the US.

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