In the wake of a South Carolina shooting that left nine black churchgoers dead last week, a debate ensued over displaying the Confederate flag in that state and others across the U.S. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American born in the state, has since spoken out in favor of legislation to remove the flag from the Statehouse.
In her reaction to the controversy, author Ann Coulter told Fox News host Kennedy that Haley’s opinion on the matter is uninformed.
Though she conceded she would “really like to like Nikki Haley, since she is a Republican,” Coulter said the governor’s position on this issue has made supporting her impossible.
According to Coulter’s assertion, Haley is “an immigrant and does not understand America’s history.”
She went on to offer a refresher course on the controversial flag’s past.
“The Confederate flag we’re talking about never flew over an official Confederate building,” she asserted. “It is a battle flag. It is to honor Robert E. Lee. And anyone who knows the first thing about military history knows that there is no greater army that ever took the field than the Confederate army.”
Though sites like Politifact were quick to point out that she was born in Bamberg, S.C., Coulter stuck to her assertion that Haley is an immigrant long after she initially expressed it.
Revisiting the issue on Twitter opened her up to further criticism.
In the end, Coulter received little support for her intraparty attack. Politifact judged her claim’s truthfulness and determined it deserves the distinction “Pants on Fire.”
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