'You garbage, go back to India': Indian origin CEO abused by Trump supporters
An Indian-origin CEO was racially abused and told to "go back to India" and also take along Nikki Haley after he said that he will not support President Donald Trumps economic agenda after the US leader appeared to defend white supremacists following the Virginia violence.
US-born Ravin Gandhi, 44, founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a global supplier of coatings for cookware and bakeware, penned an op-ed that night for CNBC, where he routinely contributes business and political commentary.
"I recently told the New York Times I was 'rooting' for certain aspects of Trump's economic agenda," Gandhi wrote. "After Charlottesville and its aftermath, I will not defend Trump even if the Dow hits 50,000, unemployment goes to 1 per cent, and GDP grows by 7 per cent. Some issues transcend economics, and I will not in good conscience support a president who seems to hate Americans who don't look like him."
The reaction was swift and demoralizing: Bigoted tweets and emails rolled in by the dozens.
What followed were a string of racist attacks on email and Twitter and Gandhi posted a voice mail on YouTube on Thursday of a woman abusing him and saying: "You're a f****** Indian pig."
Continuing with the rant, the alleged Trump supporter can be heard scornfully saying: "Get your f****** garbage and go back to India, and sell it there."
The woman also called the Indian American US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a "Bangladesh creep" and said they will start taking down Buddhist statues.
Gandhi is not a Buddhist and grew up in Illinois' Waukegan, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The audio has more than 7000 views, with a user pointing out that India wasn't a Buddhist majority country and saying: "Why are racists so ignorant?"
"Even though my race is a complete non-issue in my day-to-day life, the sad reality is there's a group of racists in the USA that views me as a second-class citizen," Gandhi told the Chicago Tribune when he was asked why he posted the audio online.
The US president has been widely criticised for his failure to denounce white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members who took out a march to 'Unite the Right' in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.
Reports say there has been a spike in racist attacks in the US after Trump assumed office.