Though 84 percent of Indian Americans voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, several Republican groups have recently formed—two of which actively support Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Hindus for Trump

Today, Hindus for Trump created a graphic with Donald Trump emerging from a lotus flower with the Om symbol underneath.

Hindus for Trump’s leaders share Trump’s ideas about terrorism. Their blog also references the Indian American Intellectuals Forum endorsing his candidacy. IAIF was founded by the late Narain Kataria “[who] spent much of his retired years warning Americans about the dangers of Islamization and highlighting the plight of Hindus under Islamic rule in Pakistan and Bangladesh.”

Indian Americans for Trump 2016

Hindus For Trump president A.D. Amar, a professor at Seton Hall University, is also behind Indian Americans for Trump 2016—a registered PAC. Amar said Trump’s policies on immigration and economic plans are also reasons for Indian Americans to support his candidacy.

Further support for Trump by Indian Americans can be found in the Twitter account Indians For Trump (not known to be affiliated with Indian Americans for Trump 2016). @Indians4Trump retweets news outlets and criticizes anyone critical of Trump.

Hindu Republican Coalition

The first formal Indian American Republican organization was formed in November 2015. The Hindu Republican Coalition, led by Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, is supported by high-profile Republicans including former House speaker Newt Gingrich. The Coalition has also mentioned terrorism concerns as a reason for Hindus to support Republican candidates.

“There is a direct tie between what happened in Paris and what happened several years ago in Mumbai,” Gingrich said.

According to The Washington Times, Kumar is donating $2 million to Republican candidates in the 2016 election. The group is hoping to encourage more Hindus to run for office as the two most famous Indian Americans politicians, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, are Christian.

Though Democrats have had a strong hold on the Indian American community in the past, Trump’s growing support nationwide indicates these groups, and possibly others, will become more powerful as election season continues.

(This article was originally published on BrownGirlMagazine.com and is reprinted here with permission from the author.)

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