Indian-American professor says he supports President Trump
An Indian-American man who campaigned for President Donald Trump says that he was happy to see the president condemn the allegedly hate-related killing of an Indian engineer in Kansas.
Two Indian immigrants were attacked in an Olathe, Kansas bar last month allegedly by a man who reportedly believed they were Middle Eastern. Witnesses say that the suspect yelled "Get out of my country" during the shooting.
Seton Hall professor A.D. Amar says that he followed the story from his Somerset County home and was uncomfortable at first by the White House's silence on the matter.
"I felt a sense of personal guilt for endorsing Donald Trump," Amar says. "Many Indians had been [asking] me why I was doing it."
The father of one of the Kansas victims spoke out after the attack and said that Indian students now fear coming to the U.S.
Amar, who came to the U.S. in 1972, agrees.
"While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its ugly forms," he says.
He says that he doesn't blame Trump for waiting for more than a week to condemn the Kansas attack.
"I don't believe he is changed, but he realized the way his message was coming along previously was not right," Amar says.
Amar, a business professor, says that he gives Trump an "A-" as a grade for the work he has done so far, but expects to revise that grade upward in the next 30 days.
The professor says that he is docking Trump on his "tone" since he took office.
Amar started the political action committee Indians For Trump while the president was campaigning.