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A “political pub” night at the Flying Saucer in Columbia, S.C., produced some fireworks this week thanks to a visit by Republican Sen. Jake Knotts, who hurled insults at Nikki Haley, the leading Republican candidate for governor. Knotts called Haley, who has Indian roots, a “fucking raghead” in this interview.

Haley was already controversial because a lobbyist and a former staffer have alleged extramarital dalliances with her. But Knotts took it to another level.

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.
“We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina,” Knotts said more than once. “She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”