I didn't address State Sen. Jake Knotts' "raghead" comments earlier, because I had little to say to the refuted man, save for some rather colorful words. Today, he proved himself even more odious than even first thought. Via Hot Air (emphasis theirs):
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 hid it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”…
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.”
Not only am I infuriated beyond belief for Nikki Haley, a good, decent woman whom I have supported and continue to support in her campaign to become my Governor, but I'm humiliated for my now home state. Politics are dirty in South Carolina, yes. And I know dirty politics, having been born and raised in New Jersey. But, this goes far beyond even dirty politics. This is repugnant on every level and is nowhere near the bounds of human decency. Already, the noxious scum covering Jake Knotts is sullying the people of South Carolina as a whole and is perpetuating the "dumb racist Southerners" meme.
Nothing could be further from the truth. While the vile alleged man, Jake Knotts, is muttering, barely literate, about those "foreign countries", the people here, including the SC tea party, are fighting another battle. We are fighting against the likes of the loathsome Jake Knotts. We are fighting to end the despicable political practices in South Carolina. We are fighting to take back the government for the people, by the people. (Hint: the term "people" does not include you, Jake Knotts. You have not one shred of human decency in you)
That is why Nikki Haley was, and is, ahead in the polls here in South Carolina. She represents what we want. She is fighting for the very same things. And it's why the the Will Folks', the Andre Bauers and the Jake Knotts' are so hellbent against her that they are showing their true despicable colors. You see, Nikki Haley was never supposed to beat our longest serving incumbent to win her seat in the State Legislature. That was the first strike against her. Then, once there, she took on another dirty little South Carolina secret.
After that upset victory, she again caught the attention of the state’s political establishment last summer by successfully moving to limit voice votes and force state lawmakers to vote on the record, an unpopular move with many of her state House colleagues.
Voting on the record shouldn't be a huge deal, should it? Well, guess again:
South Carolina ranks lowest in the nation for legislative accountability and the vast majority of votes in the state legislature are never recorded. South Carolina is one of only five states where legislators are not required to record votes. In 2008, the South Carolina House of Representatives recorded only 8 percent of votes on general bills or joint resolutions, and the Senate recorded only 1 percent.
You read that correctly; 8% and 1%. Haley's introduction of a bill that would change that and require transparency was more than just 'unpopular'. The bill has been stalled since last Summer. And Nikki Haley was removed from her position as chair of the Banking Subcommittee, all as a way to "put her in her place" and silence her. It didn't work. She didn't quit because she was, and continues to, stand up for the people of South Carolina. She kept fighting and, thus far, has achieved at least the passage of a temporary measure. Guess who is against this Spending Accountability Act, introduced by Nikki Haley? That's right. The racist sleazebag, Jake Knotts. Here is the video where Haley takes him on (via Hot Air):
Nikki Haley is an example of the people of South Carolina and for the people of South Carolina. Jake Knotts is an example of the very worst of humanity. The Other McCain has more from Knotts:
“She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons. . . .
“This is Jakie Knotts trying to let the people know . . .
“This isn’t the first time I’ve said it . . . I’m not on a crusade to downgrade her, but if someone asks me I’ll tell ‘em. And look here, someone wants to vote for her knowing the truth, vote for her. . . .
“We need a good Christian to be our governor. . . She’s hiding her religion. She ought to be proud of it. I’m proud of my god.”
How dare he. I'm proud of my god, Jake, and I will leave your judgment up to him. If it were left to me, my Jersey would surely come out. I'm small, but, boy, am I scrappy. In the meantime, the pen, and our voices, are stronger than the sword. South Carolina needs Nikki Haley. And South Carolina needs the morally bankrupt Jake Knotts as far away from our legislature as possible.
Please, use your pens and your voices. Smart Girl Politics has a call to action, denouncing the degenerate Jake Knotts and calling for his resignation. You may add your voices here and may contact Jake Knotts' office here.
To support Nikki Haley, and the people of South Carolina who quite clearly want and need her to be our Governor, please go here.