Donald Trump to Speak on Terrorism at Republican Hindu Coalition Event

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will speak out against terrorism Sept. 24 at the PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

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Indian American businessman Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar shaking hand with Donald Trump.

The event is organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition, founded by Indian American businessman Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar, and chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Kumar told India-West that Trump’s speech – titled "Humanity United Against Terror" – is part of a larger fundraising event, featuring “top-shelf” Bollywood celebrities to raise funds for “victims of terror around the world.”

Proceeds will primarily be donated to Kashmiri pandits, who face persecution from radical Islamists in the region, and Hindus being tortured in Bangladesh by extremists in that country, said Kumar.

Kumar met Trump on July 9 in a 90-minute one-on-one meeting, and arranged for the candidate to speak at the upcoming event. “He wanted to reach out to the Hindu American community,” said Kumar.

The Chicago, Ill., area industrialist and chairman of AVG Advanced Technologies, has emerged as one of Trump’s largest campaign donors. On July 16, Kumar wired $449,400 to Trump’s campaign, the maximum amount an individual can donate to the fund in one election cycle. His wife then made an equal donation of $449,400.

Kumar shrugged off poll numbers that show his candidate trailing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by at least seven percentage points. He noted that Trump has considerably recovered in the past week, and predicted that by Labor Day, the two candidates would be even, as foreseen by Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.

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