Sen. Jake Knotts calls Nikki Haley, President 'ragheads' (updated: asked to resign)

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Update June 11:

In response to Republican Senator Jake Knotts' racial slurs against both the President and GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, the executive committee of the Lexington County Republican Party have asked him to resign.

Knotts, who did not attend, reiterated after the vote that he will not resign stating, "I don't care what they do. They can call for it all they want to. They can get on the mountaintop if they want to," Knotts said. "We were sitting in a setting sorta like Saturday Night Live, talking, cutting up. I said it. I realized what I said and immediately issued an apology."

The Post and Courier has more on the GOP's reaction to Knotts.

First reporting:

During an appearance on the Internet political talk show, Pub Politics, Republican state Senator Jake Knotts spewed a racial slur aimed at both South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and President Barack Obama.

Although no audio was available because of a technical problem, co-host Phil Bailey said Knotts said, "We've already got a raghead in the White House, we don't need another raghead in the governor's mansion."

The slur was in reference to Haley's Indian descent.

In addition to Knotts' remark, Haley has been facing accusations from political blogger Will Folks and lobbyist Larry Marchant that both have had trysts with the gubernatorial hopeful.

Pop on over to Salon for the story.

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