USPresident Donald J Trump may not be cheered by seven million people when he lands in Ahmedabad next week, but he is definitely getting trolled by thousands of Indians who are posting memes on Twitter to reject his visit.
It took no time for Twitter’s algorithm to detect the criticism hurled at Trump ahead of his crucial maiden visit to India and pull the tweets down.
One such trend #IndiaRejectTrumpVisit with over 37K tweets in the first few hours on Friday was pulled down and was found much below the trends having far less tweets as compared to this hashtag.
On Friday around 10 pm, alarm bells suddenly began to ring for Twitter when the hashtag #IndiaRejectTrumpVisit appeared and soon become one of the top trends with over 30K tweets in the first two hours.
Trump, who has over 72.7M followers on Twitter is known for his love of Twitter and loose cannon approach to tweeting. It took no time for Twitter to pull the hashtag down, and it vanished from the top trending column.
Initially promoted by Twitter handle TM group, a social media group, the hashtag portrayed some of the most hilarious memes on the social media site.
The group members questioned the cause of delay in striking the trade deal between India and USA. India-US trade deal seemed to hang in balance a week before the scheduled visit of Trump.
While both the countries had agreed upon discussing critical issues like the contracts on crude oil and natural gas during the two days visit, contentious issues like the market access for agriculture products like dairy items, and medical equipments too were expected to be discussed. Twitterati however seemed unimpressed.
Twitter users also expressed anger over the building of a 1,640 feet wall in Ahmedabad to hide slums from view during ‘Namaste Trump’. They said that the money should have instead been spent for the welfare of the people living in these slums.
Reuters reported that the Gujarat exchequer alone will spend somewhere between Rs 80-85 crore in preparation for Trump’s scheduled three-hour visit to Ahmedabad.
The most hilarious memes were posted on Trump awaiting a public reception of 7 million people from airport to the stadium.
Trump said several times that Modi had promised seven million people would welcome him between the airport and the event.
“And the stadium, I understand, is sort of semi under construction, but it’s going to be the largest stadium in the world. So it’s going to be very exciting... I hope you all enjoy it,” he told reporters.
While the Indian government is in a tizzy to fulfil Modi’s promise to Trump, Twitter users slammed the US President for behaving like a baby.
People also took potshots at Modi and the Gujarat model of governance.
People expressed anger over the Union government spending over Rs 100 crore (1000 million) on Trump’s visit to India and his road show. “This is our money . The government is not spending that much for us and plz don’t come,” said a user.
Some also urged Trump to visit 30 to 40 Indian cities on quarterly basis so that they could could get clean and pothole-free roads on a regular basis.