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Republican Hirsh Singh Denounces Gov. Phil Murphy's Attack on India

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Republican Hirsh Singh Denounces Gov. Phil Murphy's Attack on India

January 7th, 2020

ATLANTIC CITY - Last night, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Hirsh Singh issued a fiery rebuke condemning Governor Phil Murphy for his hypocritical stance towards India’s newest immigration policy.

A statement issued by Murphy’s office last Friday called for Indian officials to rescind their country’s newly-passed policy regarding religious criteria. The measure comes on the heels of a new report that revealed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani had allegedly planned to attack the capital of New Delhi prior to being killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump.

Murphy labeled the Indian policy as “authoritarian,” drawing parallels to China’s forced labor camps and “crimes against humanity.”

Singh, a 34-year-old Indian American, has made waves with his conservative Republican platform. An Atlantic City native, Singh is one of Governor Murphy’s most prominent and vocal critics.

Dot map of terror attacks (1970-2016), courtesy

“This is nothing more than a smear job targeting one of America’s greatest allies,” said Singh. “[Governor Murphy has] been waiting for his chance to attack the peaceful nation of India ever since their Prime Minister openly expressed support for President Trump.”

In September, Indian PM Narendra Modi appeared with President Trump at a rally, where he declared to over 50,000 supporters that Trump “has made America great again!”

“That’s what this is really about,” Singh continued. “Right out of the Democrat playbook. They can’t stand it when anyone has something good to say about our President. They blast President Trump for securing our borders, calling him a bigot. Now, [Murphy] is getting back at India simply for making their country safer for their citizens.

“This is about peace and sovereignty in our nations. If [Murphy] really cared like he claims, he’d start by fixing the problems we’ve got right here in New Jersey. Instead, he chooses to throw out empty platitudes and attacks one of the fastest-developing nations on Earth.”

In 2019 alone, India was hit by at least six separate terror attacks, claiming 78 lives. Over the past two decades, nearly 200 terror groups have been found operating in the world’s second-most populous nation. The new measure was first presented to the lower house on December 9th, where it was overwhelmingly approved in a 311 to 80 vote.

“Phil Murphy wants to pretend like this has always been his position,” says Singh. “The reality is nothing more than disingenuous pandering. He’s never taken issue with similar policies from the U.S. or the U.N. or the E.U. In fact, he’s even supported them in the past.

“He’s silent when it comes to Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Catholics, thousands of whom are targeted all over the world with no recourse. To put India on the same level as these truly oppressive regimes is nothing short of hypocrisy of the highest order.”


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