Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson inaccurately described South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as an immigrant while praising her response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Asked about the possibility of Haley getting a backlash from supporters of Donald Trump for her jab at the GOP presidential candidate during the response, Johnson said Wednesday, "That may be, but let's face it. No two people agree on everything. And Governor Haley is an immigrant. She has powerful stories of being an immigrant. And experiencing discrimination herself. And so she's obviously gonna react different to somebody who's never experienced that. I tend to align myself more with Governor Haley's comments on the issue."
Haley, whose parents are Indian immigrants, was born in South Carolina.
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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