S. Carolina State Senator Calls Nikki Haley (and Obama) a “Raghead”

S. Carolina State Senator Nikki Haley

S. Carolina State Senator, John “Jake” Knotts, Jr., called fellow Republican State Senator Nikki Haley (and President Obama) a “raghead” on an Internet talk show on Thursday night. Haley is the GOP frontrunner in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary, and Knotts supports one of Haley’s opponents. Knotts said:

“We already got one raghead in the White House,” John M. “Jake” Knotts Jr. said on the Internet talk show “Pub Politics,” according to the State newspaper. “We don’t need another in the governor’s mansion.”

(Knotts has since apologized, claiming that the remark was made as part of an “SNL”-style joke. As if, somehow, that makes it less racist and offensive.)

Haley has faced some seriously crazy opposition in her race, both as a woman and as a South Asian-American. She’s currently embroiled in a salacious smear campaign involving unverfiable claims that she cheated on her husband with men who support her political opponents.

And now, Haley is being labelled “raghead” — a racial and religious slur frequently lobbed at Muslim- and South Asian-Americans — based solely on the colour of her skin.

Really, I don’t know how the GOP could ever try to claim that they are the party of inclusion.

Act Now! This page contains a link to a contact form where you can let State Senator Jake Knotts know that his comments are racist. If you’re GOP, you can donate to State Senator Haley’s campaign.

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