Last month, Indian Prime Minister installed as chief minister of the country's most important state a Hindu cleric who makes no bones about his agenda to cleanse India of Muslims. And to justify his agenda during recent state elections, this man repeatedly invoked Trump's Muslim ban.
Trump may have not even heard of this cleric, but that doesn't mean that he is not emboldening him. Indeed, Trump is costing America its soft power to remake the world in its own liberal image by spreading pluralism, tolerance, and other liberal values. Instead of remaining a beacon for protecting vulnerable minorities, Trump's America seems to be turning into a giant green light for their persecution, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia.