Uh…Oh!!! It seems that Nikki Haley – you know that somewhat air-headed southern belle who is Governor of South Carolina – had to engage in some damage control this week. Now, she didn’t get caught with her bloomers down, or anything like that, however, when it became public that Roan Garcia-Quintana, a member of a special steering committee to re-elect the Dixie Darling, was, in fact a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group of the racist variety reminiscent of the White Citizens Council.
Now, Roan Garcia-Quintana is a Cuban-American, but denies being a Latino and claims to be a descendent of the Spaniards who settled Cuba. When faced with the news that he had been ‘outed,’ Roan responded, ““Is it racist to be proud of your own heritage? Is it racist to want to keep your own heritage pure?”
Representatives for the Haley campaigned initially defended Roan by stating “”there is nothing racial about this Cuban-American’s participation in the political process.”
Well, excuse me while I barf. The Council of Conservative Citizens has long been a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has been home to many of the most heinous racists of our time. The very fact that Garcia-Quintana sat on their board makes him complicit in the many racist writings and actions committed by this group. Claiming “White Pride,” which is essentially what he is doing, speaks volumes to this man’s idelology.
In addition, it was revealed that Roan runs an anti-immigration group called Americans Have Had Enough. The group claims to be fighting the “Illegal Alien Invasion.”
Once it became clear that there was no covering any of this up, Nikki Haley’s campaign gave him the boot and issued a statement claiming, “we were previously unaware of some of the statements [Garcia-Quintana] had made, statements which do not well represent the views of the Governor.”
Uh…huh. If you believe. Although Haley is a Sikh, (She listed herself as “White” on her voter registration card) it is difficult to believe that the man in question’s racist beliefs went unnoticed. Virtually every politician who has been found to have ties and associations with the Council of Concerned Citizens has feigned ignorance to their racial motivation once that association is made public.
It is also important to note that Haley is pro-life; opposed to affirmative action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; advocates an absolute right to bear arms; and anti-immigration, no pathway for citizenship, no anchor babies. In short, at the very least, a Rebiblican.
Need we say more?