SC State Lawmaker Slurs Obama, Haley as ‘Raghead’

June 4, 2010

(ChattahBox)—South Carolina politics is known for frequently descending into the swamp, rife with scandal, but every so often real ugliness and bigotry seeps out of the muck of the Old South. The state’s governor’s race has been marked with two GOP operatives “confessing” to extramarital relationships with right-wing Republican primary contender Nikki Haley. Now, state Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC), has used racial slurs to attack Haley, as well as President Obama, referring to them both as ragheads.

Haley was raised by her Indian parents in the Sikh faith, but she adopted Christianity over a decade ago. Apparently Haley’s Sikh background doesn’t sit well with Sen. Knotts, who supports another candidate for governor.

Knotts made his bigoted remarks on a local radio show Thursday night:

“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.”

Besides smearing Haley’s former faith, Knotts also got in a shot at President Obama. Many right-wing Republicans have advanced the conspiracy theory that Obama is a secret Muslim usurper and an illegal alien.

After Knott’s disgusting remarks, the South Carolina Republican Party was quick to distance itself from the bigoted pol:

“Senator Knotts should apologize for his inappropriate comments, so that we can put this unfortunate incident behind us and focus on issues important to moving our state forward,” read a statement released by the Party.

Knotts was only able to muster a half-hearted non-apology, claiming his “humorous” comments were “lost in translation” in the din of a local pub:

The porcine Southerner, said his offensive “raghead” comments were “intended in jest” and he claims to have received inspiration for his bigoted comedy routine from “Saturday Night Live.” Haha, ethnic slurs are so hilarious.

“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, which is actually where the joke came from,” said Knotts.

And Knotts dug in, not backing away from his original slur, saying “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.”

Haley’s spokesperson released a statement, deriding Knotts as an embarrassment:

“Jake Knotts represents all that is wrong with South Carolina politics. He’s an embarrassment to our state and to the Republican Party.”

The South Carolina primary elections take place next Tuesday. And despite the allegations of extramarital affairs, Haley is ahead in the polls. She has the endorsement of half-term governor Sarah Pallin, who recently recorded a robocall supporting the far-right Haley.

Also running in the Republican gubernatorial primary race, is Knotts-supported Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who has made his own negative headlines, attacking the poor as “lazy,” while comparing welfare recipients to stray cats and dogs who do nothing but “breed.”

Photo Source: Official state photo


Comments

3 Responses to “SC State Lawmaker Slurs Obama, Haley as ‘Raghead’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 4th, 2010 11:10 am

    And Jake Knotts is pretending to be an American, when it’s well-known that he’s an illegal immigrant from Elbonia.

  2. Jake Knotts, Slur-Spewing South Carolina State Senator, Deploys The ‘Saturday Night Live Defense’ | What's hot right now.... on June 4th, 2010 3:48 pm

    […] The latest chapter in the ongoing crapfest that is the South Carolina political scene occurred on a local South Carolina radio show last night, when State Senator Jake Knotts (R-S.C.) — referring to gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley — said, "We already got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion." […]

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    […] Jake Knotts (R-S.C.) — referring to gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley — said, “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’….”  [Editorial comment:  Despite Jake's protestations to the contrary, I have to believe […]

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