Every good liberal knows that the GOP is the party of bigoted, narrow-minded “knaves and fools” that is in every way morally inferior to the noble and tolerant Democratic Party. But South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Dick Harpootlian apparently didn’t get the memo. Addressing attendees at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner last Friday, Harpootlian introduced Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheehen by commenting:
“In about 18 months from now, hopefully he will have sent [incumbent Republican Governor] Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.”
This was a not-so-subtle dig at Haley’s Indian-American Sikh heritage, although Harpootlian insists that he was only referring to Bamberg, Lexington County, where she was raised.
But if that’s true then Republican Jake Knotts, who supported South Carolina’s Republican Lt. Governor Andre Bower, Haley's opponent during the gubernatorial primary, was simply referring to her nice hairdo when he called her a “raghead.” (Sikh men wear turbans.)
President Obama has yet to condemn Harpootlian, who has a history of charged comments against Haley. At last year’s national Democratic convention, Harpootlian compared Haley to Adolph Hitler’s mistress, saying the governor “was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.”
But the fundamental question that springs to my mind is that does a dude called “Harpootlian” have the moral authority to ask anyone -- especially someone called “Haley” -- to return "where they came from"?
H/T: Hans Bader at Competitive Enterprise Institute