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Sikh councilman called ‘terrorist’ by Trump supporter; he hits back

Bhalla is also an attorney and a founding member of the national Sikh Bar Association.

By: PTI | New York | Published: May 22, 2016 5:44 pm
Ravinder Bhalla, US Sikh terrorist, US Sikh trump, US Sikh councilman, US Sikh Trump supporter Hoboken City Councilman Ravinder Bhalla. (Source: Ravinder Bhalla Twitter)

A Sikh-American councilman was called a “terrorist” on Twitter by a Donald Trump supporter but the Indian-origin politician hit back at the troll, saying “you clearly don’t know what it means to be an American”.

Ravinder Bhalla, city council member at large and council president of Hoboken, New Jersey, posted a message on Twitter about the Hoboken City Council approving a waterfront multi-use pathway. After Bhalla sent out the tweet, Robert Dubenezic – an open supporter of Republican presidential nominee Trump – expressed shock that Bhalla was a councilman.

“How the hell did Hoboken allow the guys to be councilman? Shouldn’t even be allowed in the US #terrorist,” Dubenezic tweeted on Thursday. Bhalla, was quick to answer, exclaiming, “Sir, I am born and raised in America. You clearly don’t know what it means to be an American…#ignorant.”

Dubenezic’s Twitter page contains several posts expressing his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump. “With a lot of the rhetoric we’re hearing from people like Donald Trump about Muslim Americans and people who are perceived to be from a Muslim background, I think the spread of Islamophobia from our national leaders sends the wrong message,” Bhalla told NBC News.

“I hope this episode shows people that words can be hurtful and that discriminating based on how someone looks shouldn’t just be ignored. People should be educated on different faiths and backgrounds so that diversity is celebrated,” Bhalla said. “America is, after all, a nation of immigrants. And if we work together instead of against each other, we’ll accomplish so much more,” he said.

Many voiced their support of Bhalla, including elected officials US Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer, members of the Sikh-American community, and his constituents. “At the end of the day, I don’t hold any malice toward this person. I forgive him for what he said and hope he will educate himself about how his comments can be hurtful and divisive,” Bhalla said.

Bhalla is also an attorney and a founding member of the national Sikh Bar Association. He earned national recognition for leading a successful challenge to the New York Police Department for restricting the religious practice of a Sikh officer, and he successfully challenged the search policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons after he was asked to remove his turban in order to see a client.

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  1. D
    May 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm
    Do not you worry. He will soon prove it that he is no muslim to stay in America. Last year 90,000 muslim were deported to your beloved country stan. Just google. Once Trump wins, you will see muslim running like rats.
    1. Y
      May 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm
      East Europeans are recently freed, cadged chimpanzees in human form, frozen in time before 1930 es, they have a long way to go to be civil human, after long slavery of communism, sure they will learn to behave, if not like human being, then , the way of hindus stupid by faith daddy, a monkey, with a kick on their hind.
      1. I
        IML sood
        May 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm
        Why misleading to make the news sensational, he simply answered in a polite manner reminding him the reality in Amercia but Amercian has every right to choose how they want to live and under whom they want to live.Does not it look absurd to give useless comments which has no bearing on the situation there?
        1. A
          May 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm
          Balla have formed a "National Sikh Bar" tells another angle of separatism.
          1. T
            May 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm
            Whatever happens,whoever becomes prez but that Trump should not,he's just horribly stupid
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