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.