Helping Further the Worst Stereotypes of Southern Republicans…

People never cease to amaze:  Nikki Haley called ‘raghead’ by political opponent.

State Sen. Jake Knotts, who backs Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in the four-way Republican primary battle, made the remark during an interview on “Pub Politics,” a popular online political talk show in Columbia.

“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” Knotts said, according to multiple people present for the broadcast.

Stay classy, Jake.

The reference, btw, was to the fact the Haley, now a practicing Methodist, was raised in a Sikh household.

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  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    At least as classy as the Souther Democrats used to be. The main problem is, without the slang, he is right. How many Muslims who do not believe or have an allegiance to the United States do you want to hold office?

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Hey Steve, why did you not tell the whole story before painting all southern Republicans with a broad brush? Evidently you skipped ethics classes.

  3. Sheri says:

    Zeldorf, that one sentence was enough. Your initial comment spoke volumes about what type of person you are. If those of your mentality don’t want to be thought of as refuse, then stop acting like the personification of it.

    FYI, a “Southern Democrat” is no where near the image associated with national Democrats.

  4. Mithras says:

    Sen. Knotts has revised and extended his remarks:

    With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his face outside a Columbia bar, Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts called Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American Republican woman running for governor, a “raghead” several times while explaining how he believed she was hiding her true religion from voters.

    “She’s a f#!king raghead,” Knotts said.

    He later clarified his statement. He did not mean to use the F-word.

    Knotts says he believed Haley has been set up by a network of Sikhs and was programmed to run for governor of South Carolina by outside influences in foreign countries. He claims she is hiding her religion and he wants the voters to know about it.

    “We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina,” Knotts said more than once. “She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”

    I think the reference to the bar is meant to imply that Knotts was drinking when he made these statements. Whether he was or not, if the quotes are accurate it is clear he was not joking when he said them the first time.

  5. MM says:

    Yes Zelsdorf, the real victims here are the people who were once insulted by a Dixiecrat somewhere else. You’re like a human game of Pong, you deflect so instinctually. Interesting choice that you made. I would have expected the “the true bigots are the people who got upset by this” method.

  6. KipEsquire says:

    What a macaca…

  7. walt moffett says:

    Some days, you wonder if the Republican party is looking to fail. Wonder if Knotts is aware if the history of Sikh’s resistance to Islamic occupiers, an article of faith that requires all believers be armed to defend others and other qualities that could make them a Republican constituency?

  8. Juneau: says:

    I’m a conservative. I thoroughly condemn the statements by Knotts. There is no room in intelligent debate for gross categorization of classes of people based on their ethnic background. While I may understand the frustration of having to play patty-cake with today’s PC police about calling the Islamic religion a religion of violence – which it is – Mr. Knotts should differentiate between fact and appearance, and not resort to calling Sikh’s pejorative names just because of their headgear.