The political director of South Carolina’s Senate Democratic Caucus labeled Nikki Haley the “Sikh Jesus” after she intervened to aid the Republican primary challenger of a Republican State Senator who called her a “raghead.”
Political Director Phil Bailey complained Wednesday night of the South Carolina Republican Party’s “unlawful ruling” to allow a Haley ally on the ballot against State Senator Jake Knotts, video of whose legendary 2010 rant was posted on BuzzFeed yesterday.
In two tweets, he referred to Haley — a convert to the Methodist faith whose parents were born in India — as the “Sikh Jesus.”
In Knotts’ rant, he warned heatedly of voters’ reaction on learning “that her daddy wears a turban around Lexington and her mommy has a ruby between her head and she is a Sheikh (sic) and trying to be a Methodist.”
In reaction to Bailey’s tweets, Haley spokesman Tim Pearson emailed, “Bigotry abounds.”
A South Carolina Democratic Party spokeswoman declined to comment on the jibe.
CORRECTION: Bailey is the political director of South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus. An earlier version of this post identified Bailey as the executive director of the party.