Asha Rangappa, a CNN analyst, caught some heat on Tuesday for trying to use Nikki Haley’s name against her over Haley’s statement during a speech and the National Republican Convention that the United States is not a “racist” country.
As she was giving her speech on the first night of the Republican Nationwide Conference (RNC), Haley defended American values and shared her personal experience as the daughter of Indian immigrants.
“In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country,” Haley said. “This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America and settled in a small Southern town. My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a Brown girl in a Black and White world.”
She continued, “We faced discrimination and hardship. But my parents never gave in to grievance and hate. My mom built a successful business. My dad taught 30 years at a historically black college. And the people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor. America is a story that’s a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress, and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone.”
However, Haley’s message that America wasn’t racist did not sit well with the CNN security analyst.
“Right. Is that why you went from going by Nimrata to ‘Nikki’?” Rangappa asked.
Twitter had some backlash to give.
“Asha revealing that she’s lost so much touch w/ her Indian culture that she doesn’t know that Nikki is actually a Punjabi name,” The Hill’s Saagar Enjeti reacted.
A moron who goes by “Dictator Trump” tweeted “Most people go by their first names. That’s her point.”
lazlo toth replied, “Actually she didn’t. She falsely and stupidly suggested that “Nikki” was a cheap attempt at westernization.”
But the best response was from Noam Blum, Tablet Magazine associate editor who tweeted:
“What happened in your life to make you like this?”
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