US President Donald Trump on Thursday described the air in India and China as “filthy” as he denounced Democratic rival Joe Biden’s plans to tackle climate change. At their second and final presidential debate, Trump renewed his criticism that action on climate change was unfair to the United States.
“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia, look at India — it’s filthy. The air is filthy,” Trump said at the debate in Nashville.
Did I just hear Trump say “India is filthy”?
— Vipin Narang (@NarangVipin) October 23, 2020
Trump charged that Biden’s climate plan was an “economic disaster” for oil states such as Texas and Oklahoma. Biden said that climate change is “an existential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation to deal with it.”
“We’re going to pass the point of no return within the next eight to 10 years,” he said. The planet has already warmed by around one degree Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial levels, enough to boost the intensity of deadly heat waves, droughts and tropical storms.
Trump calls Russia, China, and India filthy and claims he values 'jobs' over the international Paris Accord agreements to justify pulling out. Falsely claims the US has the 'cleanest' air and water in the world. In reality, he's deregulated environmental safeguards. #Debates2020
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) October 23, 2020
Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, which aims to cap global warming “well below” two degrees Celsius.
Trump’s remarks come days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper visit New Delhi for talks on building the growing US-India partnership. At the first presidential debate, Trump also spoke critically of India, questioning its coronavirus data amid criticism of Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
To be fair, as winter approaches, everyone in Delhi would likely agree about the air quality. It was the gratuitous emphasis on “filthy” that just seemed racistly unnecessary.
— Vipin Narang (@NarangVipin) October 23, 2020
Social media users across India were amused by the statement, with some voicing their agreement with the US President. Others denounced Trump as a racist for calling India filthy despite visiting it not too long ago.
"Look at India, its FILTHY."- #DonaldTrump
Only an arrogant racist with a dirty mind can speak like this about my country.
— Sudheendra Kulkarni (@SudheenKulkarni) October 23, 2020
“Only an arrogant racist with a dirty mind can speak like this about my country,” an Indian user wrote on Twitter.
Not only within India but Trump’s searing remarks against the South Asian country has triggered humongous reactions globally in the light of India and USA’s close partnership. From Indian expats to international observers, the embarrassing reference of the country in the presidential debate by the current President Trump, raise questions of the bilateral relations as well as the bonding between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump.
Trump just called India “filthy.”
Over to you, Trump loving Hindu nationalists.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) October 23, 2020
Trump: India is filthy.
Trump-train Hindu nationalists: *crickets*
— Dr. Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) October 23, 2020
Another case of a negative reference to India in a Presidential debate; Trump refers to its "filthy" air.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) October 23, 2020
Trump calls India filthy! pic.twitter.com/Wz2OZkly4i
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) October 23, 2020
The critics of PM Modi within India have initiated an onslaught of criticism against the ruling party, BJP following the comments of Trump in a widely-watched presidential debate yesterday.
“Look at India, it’s filthy!” I hope you’re listening @narendramodi. “Ab ki bar Trump sarkar.”
— Aatish Taseer (@AatishTaseer) October 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the official Twitter account of PM Modi is silent. So far, Indian government has not issued any official statement on the issue.
Several Indian journalists, on the other hand, believes that Democrats will cash in with the ‘filthy India’ remarks to garner votes of Indian diaspora in the USA.
Trump account hacked by researcher
According to reports in foreign media, a Dutch cybersecurity researcher has broken into US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by guessing his password as ‘maga2020’. In a TechCrunch report on Thursday, Victor Gevers, a security researcher at the GDI Foundation and chair of the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure, said that he guessed the US President’s account password and was successful on the fifth attempt.
“After logging in, he emailed US-CERT to disclose the security lapse,” the report said. Gevers said Trump’s Twitter password was changed shortly after. Trump’s account was not protected by two-factor authentication, thus granting Gevers access to the President’s account.
In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said: “We’ve seen no evidence to corroborate this claim.” This is the second time that Gevers has gained access to Trump’s Twitter account. In 2016, Gevers and two others had extracted and cracked Trump’s password as “yourefired”.
AFP with additional input by GVS News Desk