A South Carolina state senator used the racist term "rag-head" to describe President Barack Obama and Indian-American gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley Thursday evening on an online talk show, one of the show's hosts has confirmed.
"We already got one rag-head in the White House, we don't need a rag-head in the governor's mansion," Sen. Jake Knotts (R-Lexington) said on Pub Politics Live in reference to the fellow Republican's campaign for governor.
The show, held weekly at the Flying Saucer bar in Columbia's Vista area, is hosted by Senate Republican Caucus worker Wesley Donehue and his Democratic counterpart, Phil Bailey. Bailey said Knotts unexpectedly appeared on the show Thursday evening, and was invited to stay.
"Rag-head" is a racist epithet which usually refers to Middle Easterners and Sikhs who traditionally wear turbans. Haley (R-Lexington) was raised by Sikh immigrants, but converted to Methodism when she was 24.
"Jake Knotts represents all that is wrong with South Carolina politics," Haley spokesman Tim Pearson responded after learning of the comment. "He's an embarrassment to our state and to the Republican Party. South Carolina is so much better than this, and the people of our state will make that quite clear next Tuesday."
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"My 'rag-head' 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 [the] local political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from." A search of Saturday Night Live transcripts did not show any comments similar to Sen. Knotts' use of the slur.
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B.O. is a RAGHEAD,all you have to do is look at his RAGHEAD name.Nough said.
Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 01:29 AM
Don't fall for the PC trap. It is everyones right to use whatever derogatory language they want. I grew up with these slurs of "Kraut", "Heine", "Fritz". I survived and so can a raghead.
Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 04:45 PM
Dog of War
A raghead by any other name is still a raghead........
Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 03:38 PM
barack HUSSEIN obama.....1st & last black muslim potus...a dark chapter in American history...
Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 12:13 PM
knotts said it right about time someone told it like it is if the rag heads dont like what he said then leave the country
Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 11:05 AM
BOB R USMC OathKeeper
Lying Raghead is more proper. Semper Fi.
Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 04:18 AM
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