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Free Times: Sen. Knotts Calls Haley a 'Raghead,' Says 'We're at war over there'


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The most amazing thing about all of this - Nikki Haley (the "raghead") is a fellow Republican . . . He is attacking someone in his own party with racial and ethnic slurs. God damn that is crazy.

http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992209084141467&act=post&pid=11860406103619087

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 hid it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”

President Obama’s father is from Africa. His mother is a white woman from Kansas.

On her website, Haley says, “Being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day.”

Knotts, a former boxer and cop from West Columbia, said he wasn’t worried about being called a racist for the remarks he made. He says he was elected to the Senate to represent his constituents which he says he does well. He says many of his supporters are black.

“This is Jakie Knotts trying to let the people know,” he said about his motivations for leveling the inflammatory charges against a minority Republican frontrunner for governor just days before the June 8 primary elections. He says he’s called her a raghead before.

Knotts is backing Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer for governor.

Bauer this week fired one of his lead consultants, Columbia lobbyist Larry Marchant, for what he called “inappropriate conduct.” Marchant told the media shortly after that he’d had sex with Haley at a conference in Utah while they were both married. The claim comes after blogger Will Folks said he’d also had a relationship with Haley in early 2007.

Knotts showed up unexpectedly at the Flying Saucer bar in Columbia’s Vista for a live taping of the online political talk show Pub Politics, which is co-hosted by Senate Republican Caucus political director Wesley Donehue and his Democratic counterpart, Phil Bailey. Democratic S.C. Rep Boyd Brown of Fairfield County was a guest.

Knotts initially made the racial slur on the show.

Neither Donehue, Bailey nor Brown challenged Knotts on his remark during or after the broadcast.

“I was floored,” Donehue said after the cameras were off.

“Senator Knotts took it a step too far,” Bailey said afterward. “I don’t agree with it … [but] it’s not my job to question Jakie Knotts.”

After the broadcast, Knotts stood in a corner on the deck of the bar and defended his remarks.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve said it,” Knotts said. “I’m not on a crusade to downgrade her, but if someone asks me I’ll tell ‘em. And look here, someone wants to vote for her knowing the truth, vote for her.”

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.”

By around 7:30 p.m., comments about the slur had made their way around political circles through social media networking sites.

Donehue and Bailey both spoke with CNN and The State newspaper by 8 p.m., and a story was posted on CNN.

Asked if he was going to edit the video of Pub Politics, Donehue glanced at Knotts who immediately said he didn’t want the video edited.

Knotts later apologized for his comments, which showed up in the morning papers.

“My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest,” Knotts said in a statement. “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."

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"He says many of his supporters are black."

I find this hilarious after having said "Rag-head". As if racism can only be proven if no member of any minority, even one unrelated to the racial slurs in question, supports you.

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"He says many of his supporters are black."

I find this hilarious after having said "Rag-head". As if racism can only be proven if no member of any minority, even one unrelated to the racial slurs in question, supports you.

And "we're at war over there". Because all brown skins are the same, who gives a ****.

The scary thing is his defense sounded a lot like, hey, this is how my constituents think, I'm just representin' the good god-fearin' folk here in South Carolina.

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Gotta love South Carolina.

Its not only SC, this bs goes on all over the country. It still amazes me when people say things like racism doesn't exist anymore because we have a black president in the white house. Just look at this message board, read between the lines and you will see lot of people that want to say words like rag heads and other deplorable statments because someone is different than them or they might have a different belief.

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It's all the fault of them carbetbaggers that came down here and riled up the situation. South Carolina would have solved its raghead problem entirely on its own within a couple of decades if the damn feds hadn't intervened.

Oh, and the free market will solve this.

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Gotta love South Carolina.

Gotta love condemning an entire state...

Its not only SC, this bs goes on all over the country. It still amazes me when people thing racism doesn't exist anymore because we have a black president in the white house. Just look at this message board, read between the lines and you will see lot of people that want to say words like rag heads and other deplorable statments because someone is different than them or they might have a different belief.

...or an entire country, over the words of one dip****.

Your own stereotypes aside, this guy's choice of words is absolutely deplorable and disgusting.

I'd love to see an example of someone saying racism doesn't exist, or an example of someone you think wants to say a word like raghead on this board, Max.

On your mark....get set....go!

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I'd love to see an example of someone saying racism doesn't exist, or an example of someone you think wants to say a word like raghead on this board, Max.

when obama won in '08, various people posted things like "wow, racism is officially a thing of the past". i remember arguing with them that racism is and will remain alive and well.

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Gotta love condemning an entire state...

...or an entire country, over the words of one dip****.

Your own stereotypes aside, this guy's choice of words is absolutely deplorable and disgusting.

I'd love to see an example of someone saying racism doesn't exist, or an example of someone you think wants to say a word like raghead on this board, Max.

On your mark....get set....go!

I wasn't being serious - don't see the need to be so sensitive.

However, I have visited there a ton and have some family in the Charleston/Mount Pleasant area.

There's no way someone is going to convince me that racism isn't a legitimate problem in South Carolina.

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