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Notice the ‘She’s Not One of Us’ Attacks on Haley

With Nikki Haley endorsing Marco Rubio, she’s getting criticized, as she should expect.

The objection to Haley in the responses are less carefully worded than Coulter.

Notice how frequently “she’s not one of us” or “she’s not from around here” gets thrown at Nikki Haley, usually with some subtext of “she’s not American” or “she’s not really American” or “she’s not really Christian.”

In the final weekend before the primary in 2010, David Brody of CBN ran a report that suggested Haley de-emphasized her Sikh heritage and overemphasized her Christian faith. Around that time, a longtime Republican state senator called Haley a “raghead.”

Back in 2011, “Democrats raised questions about Haley’s use of ‘Nikki’ as her first name and whether she had changed her first name legally from her birth name.”

Back in 2013, South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick Harpootlian pledged his party’s gubernatorial nominee would send “Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”

Back in June, Ann Coulter called Haley “an immigrant [who] does not understand America’s history.” Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina. In mid-January, after a Coulter tweet urging Donald Trump to deport Haley, the hashtag “#DeportNikkiHaley” caught on.

Quite the message: It doesn’t matter if you’re born in Bamberg, go to Clemson, live in South Carolina your whole life, build a business, sit on the board of your church, donate $130,000 to charity in one year, have a husband in the Army National Guard who serves in Afghanistan for a year . . . if you dare disagree with someone politically or endorse the wrong guy, some people will still throw “she’s not one of us” crap around.

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