About a dozen or so members of the nationalist Hindu Sena staged a public sacrifice ceremony declaring their support for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The group hopes that Trump will win the election to globally stomp out radical religious extremism, considering Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and promises to fight terrorism.
Chanting Sanskrit prayers while offering seeds, grass, and ghee into a ritual fire, the Trump supporters sat on blankets in Jantar Mantar, a protest park. They were surrounded by statues of Hindu gods and photos of a smiling Trump adorned with a red teeka.
The Shiv Sena founder, Vishnu Gupta, told AP in a statement, “The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it. Only Donald Trump can save humanity.”
On the poster above the Hindu protesters was written, “We Hindu Sena support Donald Trump because he is hope for humanity against Islamic terror.”
Meanwhile, the presumptive Republican Party nominee has begun making more concrete plans surrounding his controversial anti-Muslim policies, including creating an anti-terror commission to conduct research into his policy suggestions. These, of course, include his “temporary” ban against foreign Muslims from entering the U.S., a policy to which European leaders have declared stupid and ignorant.
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