Now Someone Is Calling Nikki Haley a ‘Raghead’

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Photo: Courtesy Nikki Haley

South Carolina's gubernatorial race just wasn't insane enough — one candidate challenging another to take a lie-detector test to prove she didn't sleep with a blogger and a lobbyist is so humdrum — so a Republican state senator named Jake Knotts decided to shake things up a bit with some ethnic slurs. Yesterday, while a guest on an Internet radio show that takes place in a bar, Knotts said:


“We already got one raghead in the White House. We don’t need another in the Governor’s Mansion.”

Classy. The second "raghead" Knotts was referring to is Republican Nikki Haley, who, you may be surprised to learn, was born a Sikh to two Indian-American parents, but converted to Methodism at some point and now "attends both services." Knotts later offered up a pseudo-apology, but really, it's our fault for not having a more sophisticated sense of humor.


"My 'raghead' comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest. Bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like local political version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize. I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”

Huh, we haven't seen any of those racial-slur jokes on SNL, but maybe they air them near the end, after we've already fallen asleep on the couch.

Knotts' slur stirs the Haley storm [State]