A South Carolina County Republican Party Chairman sent an email out to party activists suggesting that Nikki Haley, who is running for governor, is lying about her religious beliefs.
Haley, who was born to Sikh immigrants, ‘can’t seem to make up her mind about her faith’.
Phillip Bowers, GOP chair of Pickens County, links to two news reports, one about her conversion to Christianity in her 20’s and another report from CBN. The CBN story only notes that her Sikh faith was an ‘important part of her story line’.
“It’s not my place to question her faith, but I do question her honesty,” the county party chairman writes. “If anyone finds the truth, please let me know.”
“Again, I’m not questioning her faith,” he repeats, “but I absolutely can’t stand a liar.”
It gets more bizarre.
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 fucking 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.
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.”
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