‘It’s not the first or last time they will come for me’: Nikki Haley hits back at Sunny Hostin again after The View host accused her of trying to hide her Indian heritage
- Nikki Haley, 50, responded to comments from Sunny Hostin, 53, who said Haley was hiding her Indian heritage by using ‘Nikki’ as her first name
- ‘Nikki is my name,’ the former United Nations ambassador, who was born Nimrata Nikki Haley, said
- Hostin, a co-host on The View, called Haley a ‘chameleon’ by using the name to appeal to Republicans
- In response, Haley said Hostin herself does not use her own name, ‘Asunción Cummings Hostin’
Former United Nations ambassador and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has continued to respond to comments made by Sunny Hostin, who called Haley a ‘chameleon’ for not using her Indian first name.
‘Sunny is not her name,’ Haley said.
‘Haley is my name. It is on my birth certificate. It is an Indian name, and I embrace my Indian heritage. I have written two books that describe the struggles that my family had, what it was like growing up.’
Hostin, who said she goes by ‘Sunny’ because people cannot pronounce her first name, was born Asunción Cummings Hostin.
‘You’re not going to see her fired from that show,’ Haley continued.
‘We’re not even going to see an apology from that show because they let liberals say that about conservative Republican minorities all the time, but yet nothing is done. Had this been said about a Democrat, all hell would have broken loose.
She added that she does not believe the show will stop making comments about her.
‘It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last time that the hosts of ‘The View’ come after me or that liberals come after me in… whatever way,’ Haley said. ‘They can’t stand the fact that a minority female would be a conservative Republican.’
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley responded to comments made by The View’s Sunny Hostin, who claimed Haley was not using her first name, Nimrata, so she could appeal to Republican voters
Haley’s response came Wednesday on FOX New’s ‘The Faulker Focus,’ in which Haley rebutted Hostin’s comments and noted Hostin herself was not using her first name
The former UN ambassador likened Hostin’s comments to South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter’s similar statement in 2011: ‘They think she is just a nice conservative woman with a tan’
Hostin’s comments came in response to cohost Alyssa Farah Griffin discussing who she thought would be a good Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
‘I think we’ve got some, if they’re willing to challenge Trump,’ she said of who she believes to be qualified candidates.
‘I’d love to see Nikki Haley, I’d love to see Liz Cheney…’
At that point, though, Hostin interrupted her co-host, saying: ‘And Nikki Haley, the chameleon and Liz Cheney who’s now the savior of —’
Farah Griffin then tried to wrestle back the conversation as the audience audibly gasped, saying: ‘I think Nikki Haley was an incredibly effective governor.’
But Hostin continued to fixate on her name, asking her co-host: ‘What is her real name, again?’
Farah Griffin then shot back, trying to defend the American diplomat by saying: ‘A lot of people don’t go by their actual real names.’
She added that she did not want to mispronounce Haley’s given first name, but noted that it is an Indian first name.
Still, Hostin kept picking at the issue, saying: ‘You know, I think if she leaned into being someone of color —’ before being interrupted by her co-hosts who argued that a lot of people don’t use their first names.
Reaction to Hostin’s attack on Haley was swift, with many branding the co-host a ‘racist’ for her remarks in Tuesday’s episode
The View’s co-host continued to defend her statements about Haley by adding that Haley was hiding her first name, Nimrata, in order to appeal to Republican voters.
Haley echoed this statement by mentioning a comment made by South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter in 2011.
‘There are many people in the state who don’t think of her as Indian at all,’ Cobb-Hunter told The Atlantic. ‘They think she is just a nice conservative woman with a tan.’
‘When they go after something like your name or your looks, they don’t have anything else that shows your winning, and I’ll take that win all day long,’ Haley said.
Hostin’s remarks came in response to cohost Alyssa Farah Griffin discussing who she thought would be a good Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election
She later defended her own use of using a nickname, saying Americans can’t pronounce her real name, Asunción