Washington, Feb 21: While Republican Donald Trump is sparing no efforts to fuel xenophobia in his campaign for this year's race for the White House, Bernie Sanders of the Democratic camp chose to do just the opposite to reach out to foreigners.
On Friday (Feb 19), ahead of the caucus in Nevada, the 74-year-old Vermont Senator's campaign posted tweets in various languages, including Hindi.
जब हम साथ मिलकर जातिवाद, नफरत और कट्टर्ता से इनकार करते हैं, अमेरिका एक बेहतर राष्ट्र बन जाता है। #AmericaTogether— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2016
The Hindi tweet that the campaign posted meant: "When we together reject racism, hatred and bigotry, America becomes a better nation." It was also put out in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese with the hashtag #AmericaTogether.
It was in contrast to Trump's strong emphasis on building a big wall on the USA's border with Mexico and ban Muslims entering the country.
The tweet campaign by Sanders's campaign was seen as a move to appeal to the increasing numbers of foreigners in the US, particularly the Indian-American community, many of whom have voting rights. The three-million strong community could influence the elections in a big way, besides the Chinese and Filipinos, other communities of Asian origin.
Sanders, however, ended second-best to his rival Hillary Clinton in the Nevada Caucus after winning the New Hampshire primary handsomely.