President Trump has spoken at hundreds of Make America Great Again rallies. He has sold out arenas throughout the country while thousands more lined the streets to watch the events on large screens outside. From liberal hotbeds to the heart of America, Trump has spoken to millions upon millions of supporters.
Yesterday, Trump threw his largest MAGA rally ever…and it wasn’t even in the United States—it was in India.
That’s right. India.
During his first official visit to the Asian nation, President Trump was met with an adoring crowd of approximately 110,000 people who packed into a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, India. Many of the attendees wore white hats decorated with pro-Trump messages.
The New York Times reported that “President Trump began a two-day visit to India by joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a campaign-style rally in a 110,000-seat cricket stadium that illustrated the populist bond between the two men and impressed a president who revels in spectacle…
The ‘Namaste Trump’ rally, a daylong affair featuring popular singers, dancers, and pounding music, took place under a blazing sun in the city’s Motera Stadium, which India calls the largest of its kind in the world. It was an unabashed homage to Mr. Trump, whose name and image appeared in dozens of banners and billboards throughout the stadium.”
Now that sounds like a party. If you have never been to a MAGA rally, you should. Speaking from experience, it’s a great time. I can’t say I’ve been to a MAGA rally outside America, but from the looks of it, it was a raucously good time overseas too.
The nation of India loves Trump. He has a favorable rating among nearly 60% of the population and held a similarly large rally with Prime Minister Modi in Texas last year in front of a packed house of Indian Americans.
But President Trump wasn’t in India to have a good time. He was in the country to strengthen the relationship between India and the United States. Reuters reported, “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that India will buy $3 billion worth of military equipment, including attack helicopters, as the two countries deepen defense and commercial ties in an attempt to balance the weight of China in the region.”
The president is also trying to secure a trade deal with India. Reuters reported that “India and the United States were also making progress on a big trade deal, Trump said. Negotiators from the two sides have wrangled for months to narrow differences on farm goods, medical devices and new tariffs.”
India, a country that used to have widespread poverty, has just overtaken the economies of the UK and France, becoming the 5th largest economy in the world. It was a milestone that once seemed impossible. The country has become more democratic and opened up its markets to global investment. It’s amazing what can happen when private innovators are allowed to use their talents to produce better goods and services for more people. This is yet another example of the wonders of capitalism on a global scale.
India opened its markets in the early 1990s by deregulating the industrial sector, reducing control on foreign trade and investment, and privatization of state-owned enterprises.
According to the World Population Review, the Indian service economy is the fastest growing in the world, and manufacturing and agriculture sectors continue to grow.
President Trump’s trip to India may produce results that benefit consumers and producers in the United States, and that would be a good thing.
And it would give people all the more reason to love him, both here and abroad.