Nikki Haley blasts ‘The View’ host Sunny Hostin as ‘racist’
Nikki Haley hit out at “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin, calling her a “racist,” for accusing the former UN ambassador of acting like a “chameleon” and shielding her Indian heritage behind a fake name.
Hostin, 53, whose real name is Asunción Cummings Hostin, made the controversial remarks on Tuesday during a panel discussion about potential presidential candidates for the 2024 election.
Thanks for your concern @Sunny. It’s racist of you to judge my name.— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 20, 2022
Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I’m proud of that.
What’s sad is the left’s hypocrisy towards conservative minorities.
By the way, last I checked Sunny isn’t your birth name… pic.twitter.com/NI3KZXjD6F
Political pundit Alyssa Farah Griffin was saying that she would love to see Haley and Liz Cheney challenge Donald Trump for the White House when Hostin interjected, slamming the former governor of South Carolina as a “chameleon,” as Fox News Digital reported.
She later added: “What is her real name again?”
Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, in 1972 and was given the name Nimrata Nikki. She has gone by her middle name, which is roughly translated from Hindu as “little one,” since at least high school, according to published reports.
Griffin pointed out that “a lot of people don’t go by their actual real names,” and she later brought up the fact that Haley has been known as “Nikki” since childhood.
Griffin speculated that as a woman of Indian heritage growing up in South Carolina in the 70s, she may have opted to change her name “to avoid prejudice.”
Hostin, however, doubled down on her critique, saying: “Yes, there are some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicities, so that we can pass …”
Co-host Sara Haines then jumped into the fray to remind the panelists and viewers that Hostin’s real name is not “Sunny.”