We noted last night that a top supporter of South Carolina Gov. candidate Andre Bauer called frontrunner Nikki Haley (who is the child of Sikh immigrants from the Punjab) a “raghead”. But now the audio has surfaced. And the whole thing turns out to have been much more over the top and nutty than first reported.
Not only did state Sen. Jake Knotts refer to Haley as a “f#!king raghead” he also went on a tear about her being a crypto-Sikh pretending to be Christian and part of some wild conspiracy theory about Haley being a stalking horse for turban-wearing foreigners trying to undermine South Carolina’s God-fearing culture.
According to the Free Times, Knotts claimed Haley’s father is sending letters to India saying that his daughter is the first Sikh in the United States running for high office and that “we’re at war over there.”
From the Free Times …
Knotts said that South Carolina is a religious community.
“We need a good Christian to be our governor,” he said. “She’s hiding her religion. She ought to be proud of it. I’m proud of my god.”
Knotts says he believes Haley’s father has been sending letters to India saying that Haley is the first Sikh running for high office in America. He says her father walks around Lexington wearing a turban.
“We’re at war over there,” Knotts said.
Asked to clarify, he said he did not mean the United States was at war with India, but was at war with “foreign countries.”
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