Ahead of Indiana primary, Donald Trump says China ‘raping’ US

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 01:35 IST
Donald Trump has accused China of “raping” the US, the sharpest criticism of the Communist giant’s trade policies by the controversial Republican presidential front-runner. (AP Photo)

Citing a yawning trade deficit of $500 billion, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has said China was raping the US, which, he promised, will stop when he becomes president.

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing,” Trump said during an election rally in Indiana on Sunday, ahead of the Tuesday primaries.

“We’re going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don’t forget it. We’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China,” Trump said. It was not a new point he was making — he has said several times that the Chinese were out-thinking America on trade — but that was the first time he used the word “rape” for China.

In another context, Trump has used the world to slam illegal immigration, calling most of those come to the US illegally criminals and rapists. He has not backed down despite protests.

It’s Trump vs ‘never Trump’ camp in Indiana

The Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday is a contest between Trump and those campaigning to stop him, the “Never Trump” zealots. And Trump has the upper hand for now.

A defeat in this midwestern state, experts and analysts said, will break the back of the “Never Trump” movement, clearing the path for the frontrunner to secure the nomination.

In the Democratic race, which is not receiving half as much action, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in polls by 50% to 43.2% and is expected to extend her lead in delegates..But Sanders, whose campaign announced countrywide layoffs recently, is not giving up, and has predicted a contested convention, hoping to deny Clinton a clear majority.

It’s the Republican race to the nomination, however, that has captivated media, experts and voters, with a growing sense of inevitability in the party — resignation — about Trump.

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