Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren unknowingly called Donald Trump a “jackass” in a video posted to Twitter this week.
While addressing what she believed to be her supporters in India, Lahren described Trump as being “wise like an owl.” Only an owl in Hindi, pronounced ullu, is actually considered an insult throughout Southern Asia.
“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,” Lahren said. “I hope I said that right.”
My fellow Indians, Tomi Lahren thanks you for your support for Trump and his MAGA agenda.
— Ali-Asghar Abedi (@AbediAA) August 24, 2020
Not only is ullu an insult, the term can actually be translated to “fool” or even “jackass.”
Hindi speakers all across Twitter quickly began weighing in on the video.
“We all can agree with Tomi that Trump is an Ullu,” @_SJPeace_ said.
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
In an act of cultural appropriation gone terribly wrong @TomiLahren basically called @POTUS a fool in Hindi. Thinking it was a compliment. The only appropriate response is a Sanskrit word: #Karma. 😂 https://t.co/dmHxaLYB0a
— Krishna “Just Stay Home” Komanduri (@drkomanduri) August 25, 2020
So why did Lahren film the video in the first place?
Ali-Asghar Abedi, the Twitter user who first shared the video, has since claimed that he paid Lahren to make the statement after booking her on Cameo.
“Best $85 I’ve ever spent,” he said.
— Ali-Asghar Abedi (@AbediAA) August 25, 2020
Speaking with the Guardian, Abedi stated that he hoped the incident would help people understand that “America’s intellectual class has failed.”
“They will say anything for money without doing the due diligence required to offer an informed view,” he said.
Lahren thus far does not appear to have acknowledged the viral clip.
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