EDISON — Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump attended a charity event Saturday hosted by members of the Hindu community in Edison, where he praised India for helping to combat terrorism.
"We can't have prosperity without security, and that is why we appreciate the great friend India has been to the United States in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism," Trump said Saturday night while headlining a charity event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center.
The event, "Humanity United Against Terror," was hosted by the Republican Hindu Coalition.
Attendees poured into the Convention Center and listened to musical performances as they awaited the arrival of Trump, who was coming from an event in Maine, earlier in the day. The event featured terrorism survivors and Indian and Bollywood performers.
"The Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House, that I can guarantee," Trump said. "I have great confidence in India. Incredible people, incredible country. Generations of Indian and Hindu Americans have strengthened our country ... your values, your hand work; education and enterprise have truly enriched our nation and we will be celebrating a Trump administration together."
In the front row, members of the Hindu community voiced their staunch support for Trump.
Hemant Bhatt, of Iselin, said the Hindu community favors Trump because "he is a real man."
"He speaks what he thinks," Bhatt said. "He is going to work for India, and he believes in Hinduism. He is going to ban the Muslims from Pakistan. India is a victim of terrorism, and illegal immigration."
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