Padma Lakshmi calls Donald Trump a ‘racist buffoon’

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 15:05 IST
Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California. (AP Photo)

Supermodel-actress Padma Lakshmi is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the 2016 presidential race. She says she will “try very hard” to stop Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump from being elected as she considers him a “racist buffoon”.

“Even if he wasn’t the racist buffoon that he is making himself out to be, I probably wouldn’t vote for him,” Lakshmi told

“But, as an immigrant, I obviously don’t see his worldview as mine,” she added.

Lakshmi, who moved from India to New York as a child, said she is particularly bothered by Trump’s controversial views on immigration.

“We are a country of immigrants, so to say you should put a wall up or limit certain ethnicities is sort of antithetical to what this country is about,” Lakshmi said.

“He himself is an immigrant of immigrant decent. Unless you are from the Cherokee nation, your ancestors are immigrants, so you may be an umpteenth generation immigrant but there you are, squatting on someone else’s land,” she added.

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