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Nikki Haley to GOP Convention: “America is not a racist country”

By Louis Chan, AsAmNews National Correspondent

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley praised President Trump Monday night at the GOP Convention for being “the only candidate who has and will continue delivering” on the vision of the U.S.”

She told those who watched the opening night of the Republican Convention that “Joe Biden and the Democrats are still blaming America first. Donald Trump has always put America first. 

“In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”

Haley told her story of being the “proud daughter of Indian immigrants.”

“My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a Brown girl in a black and white world.

“We faced discrimination and hardship. But my parents never gave in to grievance and hate. My mom built a successful business. My dad taught 30 years at a historically Black college. And the people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor.”

She called America “a work in progress” and acknowledged it could do better.

She concluded by calling for a country “where every girl and boy, every woman and man, of every race and religion, has the best shot at the best life.”

Haley served as UN Ambassador under President Trump before resigning in 2018. The former governor of South Carolina has been considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible future presidential candidate.

She gained national headlines when she removed the confederate flag from state grounds in South Carolina following the mass killing of nine Black churchgoers by a White supremacist in 2015.

Haley is the only Indian American currently scheduled to speak the GOP Convention this week.

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