American businessman Ravin Gandhi was called a “pig” and told to “go back to India” after he refused to defend President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month.
“I recently told the New York Times I was ‘rooting’ for certain aspects of Trump’s economic agenda,” the CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings wrote in an article for CNBC.
“After Charlottesville and its aftermath, I will not defend Trump even if the Dow hits 50,000, unemployment goes to 1 percent, and GDP grows by 7%. Some issues transcend economics, and I will not in good conscience support a president who seems to hate Americans who don’t look like him,” he added.
Gandhi was hit with an onslaught of racist remarks via email and Twitter after the article was published.
— Ravin Gandhi (@RavinGandhi1) August 18, 2017
He then took to YouTube to share a voicemail of a woman who went off on a scathing rant against him.
“You’re a f***ing Indian pig,” the alleged pro-Trump woman continued. “Get your f***ing garbage and go back to India, and sell it there.”
She went on to tell Gandhi to also take “Bangladesh creep” Nikki Haley, the Indian American ambassador to the United Nations, with him.
“She’s [Haley] the one that started all this when she took down the Confederate flag. So don’t tell us that you gave him a chance. We don’t give a f*** who you gave a chance, OK? We’re going to start taking down Buddhist statues and see how you and Nikki Haley like that,” the woman said.
Gandhi was born in Waukegan, Illinois and does not practice Buddhism, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Even though my race is a complete non-issue in my day-to-day life, the sad reality is there’s a group of racists in the USA that views me as a second-class citizen,” he told the paper.
“I wanted my peers in the business community, the civic community, my friend community to see that this can happen to me. Because there’s this delusion that racism is dead because Obama was elected.”
The voicemail has more than 12,000 views since it was first posted on YouTube on August 17, with one user pointing out “Why racists are so ignorant? She doesn’t realize India is not a Buddhist majority country.”