Donald Trump’s approval rating in the United States usually sits somewhere between 40-45%. He is also unpopular in much of Europe. But for some reason, the President is incredibly popular in India. In a poll taken in February 56% of Indians said they were confident in Trump’s foreign policy.
Ever eager to capitalize on Trump’s popularity and intriduce herself to a new audience, Tami Lahren addressed Indians in a recent video. The move backfired however, when the Conservative commentator used the Hindi word for “jackass” to describe him.
After thanking the viewers for supporting the Make America Great campaign, Lahren said, “Because President Trump is wise like an owl, or as you guys would say in Hindi – I hope I’m pronouncing this right – President Trump is wise like an ullu. I hope I said that right.”
Lahren did use the correct word for owl. However in Indian culture, comparing someone to an owl does not mean the same thing as it does in the United States. It means that the person is a fool or a jackass.
Hindi speakers online were quick to mock the Conservative for her mistake.
Twitter activist Stance Grounded shared the video, writing, “I can’t. ‘President trump is wise like an ullu’ In hindi ullu means owl but used as an insult to consider someone a fool We all can agree with tomi that Trump is an Ullu.”
I can't 😂
"President trump is wise like an ullu"
In hindi ullu means owl but used as an insult to consider someone a fool
We all can agree with tomi that Trump is an Ullu 😂🦉 pic.twitter.com/4IzdTBXQYr
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 25, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.