Democrats Attack Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Over Her Given Name

Democrats Attack Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Over Her Given Name

Democrats attacked former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday, accusing her of changing her name from “Nimrata” to avoid racial discrimination. These racist allegations were levied against Haley, a daughter of Indian immigrants, after she spoke at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, declaring that “America is not a racist country.”

South Asians for Biden was the first group to target Haley, claiming that she probably felt “compelled to change her name to ‘Nikki'” because the Republican Party is racist. The hashtag #PhonyNikki accompanied the tweet along with #BidenHarris2020.

Asha Rangappa, a CNN analyst and former FBI special agent, also tweeted about Haley, insinuating that she changed her first name due to racism in America.

Even when some pointed out that Nikki is a part of Haley’s legal name, as well as a traditional nickname in Punjabi meaning “little one,” Rangappa didn’t budge.

“And they generally don’t go by those nicknames in their professional life. In my family “puttu” (little one) and “gundu” (chubby one) are nicknames, but no one would ask people outside of the family to call them that. Please,”  Rangappa replied.

South Asians for Biden removed their tweet and issued a statement saying that their group “regrets the tone of the message,” but no apology was made directly to the former South Carolina governor.

Rangappa has not apologized or removed her tweet despite backlash from both sides.

Another racist incident incited by some on the left occurred on Monday night after the RNC. Just minutes after former professional football player Herschel Walker spoke, “Uncle Tom,” a derogatory statement used against black people who are supposedly “obedient” to white people, began trending on Twitter.

While Walker made it clear that he takes it as a “personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist,” people still attacked him.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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