It’s election season in the US and it’s time to gripe about foreign workers and companies such as those from India, who are otherwise “lovely” and “great” people.
Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, who has courted controversy earlier for racist comments, said on Saturday at the party’s state convention that Indian workers were the “worst” to understand.
LePage was making a point about foreign workers, and said restaurants on the east coast were staffed by a lot of foreigners — what if they were from “Bulgaria”.
“And the worst ones are from India ,” LePage said warming up to the theme, as the audience laughed, “I mean they are all lovely people … you need an interpreter.”
The governor, whose tiny northeastern state was won by Ted Cruz in the Republican caucuses in March, pushed the issue further, wanting to know if people had ever called Amazon customer care.
He went on to say he understood why America needs foreign workers — because they do the jobs that Americans don’t want to perform, which is insightful and not too way off the mark.
At another rally Friday, Republican front-runner Donald Trump moaned about Indians performing outsourced back-office operations for his credit card company.
He has also complained about workers form China, Mexico and other countries taking away American jobs, which he has promised voters he will bring back.
But he proceeded to immediately call Indians “great”. So there.
During campaigns earlier, President Barack Obama used to hold up India as an example to push and inspire Americans to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) courses.