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Nikki Haley Responds To The View's Sunny Hostin: Nikki Is An Indian Name, "And I Embrace My Indian Heritage"




Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in an interview on Wednesday responded to an attack from ‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin. Hostin called Haley a “chameleon” that does not “embrace” her ethnicity and chided her for using the name “Nikki” instead of her full birth name. Nikki is Haley’s middle name. Haley said the lesson is Democrats are the racists and if this was said about a Democrat “all hell would have broken loose.”

“It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that the hosts of ‘The View’ come after me or that liberals come after me in one — you know — in whatever way. They can’t stand the fact that a minority female would be a conservative Republican,” Haley said.

“You look at what Sunny Hostin’s does and, you know, the idea that, no Sunny is not her name, Nikki is my name,” Haley told FOX News host Harris Faulkner. “It is on my birth certificate. It is an Indian name. And I embrace my Indian heritage. I have written two books that describe the struggles that my family had what it was like growing up.”

“The idea that they can do this, you’re not going to see her fired from that show,” Haley said. “We’re not even going to see an apology from that show, because they let liberals say that about conservative Republican minorities all the time. But yet, nothing is done. Had this been said about a Democrat all hell would have broken loose.”

“What I hope Democrats realize, you know, when they look at what happened on ‘The View’ is, it’s Democrats that are racists,” she said. “These liberal extremists are the ones that are racists. They’re the ones that won’t — that think minorities are incapable of going to the DMV to get an I.D. to vote. They’re the ones that are racists that say minority parents are incapable of finding the school for their children. Let’s let Independents, conservative Democrats realize that, no, it’s not Republicans that are racist or sexist. It’s liberal Democrats that have done this for a long time and I hope that really goes to the heart of what happens in the House, Senate and governors’ races come November.”

FAULKNER: For the very first time, Ambassador Haley is with me now to react publicly and to get her response to something that’s getting a ton of attention right now. It’s a personal attack on her.
 
Critics are pushing back hard on “The View’s” co-host Sunny Hostin, for accusing Ambassador Haley of trying to hinder her Indian heritage.
 
It began with the panel talking about a potential 2024 White House race. Let’s watch.
 
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
 
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN, ABC HOST: I’d love to see Nikki Haley —
 
SUNNY HOSTIN, ABC HOST: Nikki Haley, the chameleon.
 
GRIFFIN: I think that Nikki Haley was incredibly effective governor of South Carolina —
 
HOSTIN: What is her real name, Kim (ph). There was some — there is some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass —
 
SARA HAINES, ABC HOST: Sunny —
 
GRIFFIN: I don’t think that’s fair.
 
HAINES: — you go by a different name.
 
GRIFFIN: Yes.
 
(END VIDEO CLIP)
 
FAULKNER: Wow, she really is that racially ignorant. And your response?
 
HALEY: You know, it’s not the first and it won’t be the last time that the hosts of “The View” come after me or that liberals come after me in one — you know — in whatever way. They can’t stand the fact that a minority female would be a conservative Republican.
 
You know, when I ran for — when I ran and won governor, a reporter went to a high-ranking African American Democrat female and said, “How do you feel that South Carolina now has their first minority governor?” And she said, “Nikki Haley’s not a minority, she’s just a conservative with a tan.”
 
FAULKNER: Oh.
 
HALEY: So, you look at what Sunny Hostin’s does and, you know, the idea that, no Sunny is not her name, Nikki is my name. It is on my birth certificate. It is an Indian name. And I embrace my Indian heritage. I have written two books that describe the struggles that my family had what it was like growing up.
 
But the idea that they can do this, you’re not going to see her fired from that show. We’re not even going to see an apology from that show, because they let liberals say that about conservative Republican minorities all the time. But yet, nothing is done. Had this been said about a Democrat all hell would have broken loose.
 
FAULKNER: You know, just in terms of that 2024, and I pointed out the politics of things that are happening on every scale right now, whether it’s a lawsuit against a former president, we are cooking down, 48 days until the midterm elections and then begins the real talk about 2024. And what will you have to say about it?
 
HALEY: Well, I think let’s see what happens in November. We have to win the House, the Senate in these 36 governors’ races. And then, you know, I’ve said before, if, you know, once the elections are out of the way we’ll look at the situation. If it looks like there’s a place for me, I’ve never lost a race. You know, I’ll give it 1,000 percent and we’ll finish it.
 
But I think it’s really important we look at November. And what I hope Democrats realize, you know, when they look at what happened on “The View” is, it’s Democrats that are racists. These liberal extremists are the ones that are racists. They’re the ones that won’t — that think minorities are incapable of going to the DMV to get an I.D. to vote. They’re the ones that are racists that say minority parents are incapable of finding the school for their children.
 
Let’s let Independents, conservative Democrats realize that, no, it’s not Republicans that are racist or sexist. It’s liberal Democrats that have done this for a long time and I hope that really goes to the heart of what happens in the House, Senate and governors’ races come November.
 
FAULKNER: Well, you know, I’ve always been grateful when people show you who they are. I don’t want to think that someone is one thing and then you find out later, no, they really are the enemy. So, there is a favor to be thanked for all of this. I know it can be — it can be harmful to your feelings, but at the same time you know exactly where some of these people stand.
 
HALEY: No. And look, none of this bothers my feelings. I mean, I brush it off my shoulder. You know —
 
FAULKNER: But you were at the U.N. dealing with everything across the table from you. So yes.
 
HALEY: Well, you know, when they go after something like your name or your looks, they don’t have anything else. That shows you’re winning. And I’ll take that win all day long.

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