Jake Knotts Calls Obama Raghead?

South Carolina Republican state Senator Jake Knotts gave an unusually frank rendition. Of his party’s front-running gubernatorial candidate, state Rep. Nikki Haley, Knotts said, "We already got one raghead in the White House. We don't need a raghead in the governor’s mansion." Haley immigrated to the United States as a child from India. She is a convert to Methodism, from Sikhism.

By saying this Jake Knotts was calling Barack Obama and Haley ragheads, so disrespectful.

The South Carolina State Republican Party Chairwoman, Karen Floyd, was quick to condemn Knotts’ comments, stating that, “The South Carolina Republican Party strongly condemns any use of racial or religious slurs.

Has Jake Knotts apologized for her Raghead comment? Is there a video of her remarks?

asked by Respect in Controversy | 2070 views | 06-04-2010 at 06:51 PM

Jake Knotts uttered that insult last night during the taping of a local political webcast. He's since apologized, employing the I-was-just-joking defense.

Jake Knotts (who supports one of Haley's GOP rivals for the nomination) definitely insulted President Barack Obama with that comment.

Haley, responding to Knotts's comments after a Thursday campaign stop, told The State: "What the race in 2010 will prove is the goodness of the people of South Carolina, that there [are] fewer people of the Jake Knotts [ilk] and that there are a lot more good, educated people [who] want their voice heard in government."

This is Jake Knotts's apology for calling Obama and Haley ragheads.

”Unfortunately, the show [on which he made the comments] was not recorded as was intended. If it had been recorded, the public would be able to hear firsthand that 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, which is actually where the joke came from.

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.”

answered by Martin | 06-04-2010 at 06:54 PM

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