South Carolina continues to entertain

by VorJack

I’m sorry, I really have no justification for posting this, but I can’t resist.

I guess by now you’ve heard about South Carolina state senator Jake Knotts (R), who went into a rant about Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley. On an internet political show called “Pub Politics,” Knotts called Haley a “raghead” and claimed that she was a Sikh pretending to be a Christian. He explained, “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.”

He’s apologized, naturally, but his apology wasn’t that much better than the slander:

“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.’

“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.”

According to Think Progress, Knotts has now been censured by the Republican party, but he remains unrepentant:

In response to the censure, Knotts said he “could care less” and would not resign. In a separate interview, he said the censure was “all politics,” and warned that libertarians had “infiltrated” the party. He said he had not called Haley to personally apologize, and that the “press has given Nikki Haley a free ride.” When a reporter asked where the press had failed to hold her accountable, Knotts said, “have you ever asked her if she believes in Jesus Christ as her lord and savior and that he died on the cross for her sins? Have you ever asked her that?”

I don’t know whether it’s the thought of the Republicans being infiltrated by those eeeeevil Libertarians, or that evangelical screed at the end, but I find this just hilarious. Please, please South Carolina, keep this clown around.

  • Yoav

    Between this moron and the whole mess with the democrat senate primaries SC does look like the pace to go for loughs during this election season. Although Nevada may end up giving it a run for its money.

  • Superaction

    Wow. And people ask me why I won’t take a job in the south…

  • Custador

    This is… Wow: “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.” Ummm…. Surely that’s an INTENDED slur?

    • Yoav

      And that’s not counting his followup where he described how her dad is walking around town wearing a turban !!!!! and tell people that his daughter is part of a Sikh takeover of SC.

  • Brian M

    Superaction: At least SC politics are amusing. We in California have pompous failed technology CEOs and creepy, creepy corporate leaders who think running a auction site and spending a gzillion of her own dollars makes them qualified to run the State.

    • Yoav

      I actually found the demon sheep movies very entertaining.

  • Michael

    I wish she actually were a Sikh and Obama were a Muslim. At least not everybody in the government would be a Christian.

    Also, “a Sikh takeover?” Obviously this person knows absolutely nothing about the Sikh faith.

    • Mike

      Your last sentence is too long. Please remove ‘about the Sikh faith’. Thank you.

      • Michael

        Too true.

    • Qwik E

      Hi,
      What exactly in the Sikh faith prevents them from “taking over” a government. They took over Punjab in the 18th and 19th century didn’t they?

  • Neil W

    As a native and current resident of SC, I would say I’m outraged, but it has been amusing to watch politics unfold in this state. What scares me is how idiots like Knotts wear their ignorance on their sleeve like some sort of medal of honor (see also Alabama governors race).

    http://www.thestate.com/2010/06/16/1334364/knotts-us-rednecks-vital-to-gop.html

    I would also like to know if these right wingers who claim to want to go to original meaning read the part about religion not being a test for public office.

    • Superaction

      “wear their ignorance on their sleeve like some sort of medal of honor”

      Yes, that is the root of many problems, and not just in the south. For some reason, it’s not just okay to be ignorant, but it actually makes you more popular than if you are a well-educated, erudite, thoughtful individual.

      When you live in a democracy, this is especially destructive.

      I don’t know a good solution to this.

      • Yabo

        It’s sad. I live in SC as well and of course this stuff is embarrassing.

        I’d still rather live in the south though. Gotta make sure *some* down here are with it.

  • Yoav
  • Alex

    It’s Couldn’t care less, dammit!

    • Len

      Maybe he’s saying that he could care less because he cares a lot. But he expects people to read it as couldn’t care less. Or maybe not.

  • nazani14

    I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Alvin Greene. If that election happened in Afghanistan or an African nation, Jimmy Carter, the Swiss, etc., would be swooping in to demand a new election. Paper Ballots, people!

  • claidheamh mor

    This asshole should be removed from office.

  • anti_supernaturalist

    Inverted snobbery is the voice of Ameristan (fundie US)

    Know-nothings exalt in negation. Xians’ innermost affirmation arises from self-hatred (incurable sinfulness) inverted into ego inflation (salvation snobbery). We stink, but stinking is godly.

    Paul of Tarsus (fl 50-65 CE) creator of the cult, was mentally disturbed; his morally twisted god is himself writ large:

    Brothers [sic], think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…. 1Cor1:26-28 NIV

    God chose “the things that are not — to nullify the things that are….” Here pure xian nihilism gets injected into the marrow of western culture, poisoning it down to today.

    the anti_supernaturalist

    The de-deification of western culture is our task for the next 100 years.

  • Custador

    This spambot getting through still?