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Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali Late, Praises Haggling and Wishes All Indians Except Hindus

The President of the United States loves making a splash (here’s looking at you, Stephen Colbert) with every move he makes, every step he takes; we’ll be watching him.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:November 14, 2018, 2:01 PM IST
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Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali Late, Praises Haggling and Wishes All Indians Except Hindus
Since 2003, Diwali celebrations at the White House has become an annual tradition.
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You know the phrase, better late than never? Yeah, Donald Trump follows that religiously; at least when it comes to India. The President of the United States loves making a splash (here’s looking at you, Stephen Colbert) with every move he makes, every step he takes; we’ll be watching him. Even if he’s late to the party, he always makes an entrance, whether good or bad. Mostly the latter.

Speaking of coming late to parties, India and the world (desi diaspora represent) celebrated Diwali last week on November 7. So naturally, Senor Trump (bet he loves that), that outlier, had to celebrate it a week later, by lighting a ‘ceremonial diya’ in the White House. It was more an ornate shiny lamp than the traditional earthen diya, but hey, baby got bling.

As it turns out, however, Trump knows about as much as Michael Scott about Diwali, or maybe even less. After a typically racist allusion to how Indians are “very good” at trade negotiations aka haggling, he then casually left out the country’s largest religious group; you know, the people who actually celebrate the festival with the most fervor: the Hindus.

Agencies quoted POTUS 45 as saying, “I'm honored to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House. Very, very special people. We're gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhist, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New year: very special new year.”

And naturally, being Trump, he tweeted the same, verbatim:




Tick tock.

Still no mention of Hindus.

Then finally, someone remembered.




Happy Diwali, India. Better late than never. Right? Right?

No?

Sad.

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