Malaka Of The Week: Jake Knotts

It’s been an interesting few years in the place I like to call Secessionville. Its formal name is, of course, South Carolina: home of John C Calhoun, firebrand contemporary wingnuts and semi-reconstructed segregationists. In recent years, Secessionville has become known for randy right wing pols: Strom Thurmond, Mark Sanford and, more recently, GOP Gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. As Borat would surely say at this point, it’s sexy time in the Palmetto (bug?) state. These folks put the nut in wingnut…

Two “Southern gentleman” have claimed affairs with Ms. Haley whose response has been denial followed by trotting her husband out on the campaign trail. It’s a pathetic spectacle but not the reason for this week’s “honor.” It’s bestowed because of more conventional Secessionville malakatude: bigotry.

I’d never heard of State Senator Jake Knotts until yesterday but he looks like a redneck peckerwood to me. He’s a supporter of one of Ms. Haley’s opponents and he did what wingnuts like to do in 2010: link someone, anyone (even a candidate endorsed by the Tsarina of Palaska) to President Obama. Ms Haley is a Sikh, which inspired Malaka Jake to trot out an old favorite of the hard right, the ethnic slur. In this case he called her a “fucking raghead” and went on to“explain” why she was a menace:

Knotts says he believed Haley has been set up by a network of Sikhs and
was programmed to run for governor of South Carolina by outside
influences in foreign countries. He claims she is hiding her religion
and he wants the voters to know about it.

“We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South
Carolina,” Knotts said more than once. “She’s a raghead that’s ashamed
of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political
reasons.”

I am, briefly, speechless. She’s both a fucking raghead as well as a Manchurian Candidate? She doesn’t look anything like Laurence Harvey or a bearded, long-haired male Sikh for that matter. Malaka Knothead has subsequently claimed he was just kidding around but ethnic slurs, particularly not inaccurate ones, t’ain’t funny. I know a dog whistle when I hear one and this was blown via the tin whistle of malakatude. Or is that a tin drum? If it’s the latter, Malaka Knothead could also be called Grunter Grass. <baboom; groan>

I have neither the time or inclination to spend too much time analyzing this ignorant pigfucker but I don’t have to do it becauseGabriel Winant has already done so at Salon. Thanks, dude.

I do, however, have a piece of advice for Secessionville pols. In a word: saltpeter.

8 thoughts on “Malaka Of The Week: Jake Knotts

  1. Maitri says:

    My Sikh-American friend, Ennis, is posting up a storm about it atSepia Mutiny, too.
    And as he said on Twitter, “Haley is a Manchurian Sikh supported by India, the USA is at war with ragheads & only xtians should be governor.”
    No one accused these assholes of using logic. But, that too is pointless when it’s all being boiled down to Not White Protestant = Bad. (Have you noticed the slow transition from demonizing Arab terrorists to all Arabs to all Muslims?)

  2. Adrastos says:

    Just read Ennis’s stuff. Terrific.

  3. MapleStreet says:

    I would caution that Secessionville / Fort Johnston SC is actually a place name. It is a satellite community of Charleston on a barrier island (James Island).
    And as for the insult, typical repub: Insult starts with a false premise that is a slur (Obama is a Muslim or is that a sheikh?), insults a group and then goes into the lie du jour. A
    fter being caught, the party is calling on Knotts to issue a non-apology apology (I am sorry that anyone took me wrong and was therefore offended). And the SC repub party says that they are the bastion of non-racism (YEAH< RIGHT!!)

  4. Adrastos says:

    I was unaware of that town but I remain undeterred. I like Secessionville too much to drop it.

  5. MapleStreet says:

    I understand. Unless you’ve lived in Charleston you probably wouldn’t be able to find it anyway.
    Also, on a quick reread, he actually called her a F-in raghead? Such civility ! not to mention the sexual innuendo when applied to a woman.

  6. Interrobang says:

    Does this dipshit think that because Sikhs wear turbans (well, the male ones do, mostly) they’re Muslims or something?
    Last time I checked, Sikhism and Islam were two entirely different religions. I guess if you’ve got a room-temperature IQ and are bigoted to boot, a raghead is a raghead is a raghead.

  7. BrenyB says:

    You’re on Mike’s Blog Roundup on Crooks and Liars! http://crooksandliars.com/mike-finnigan/mikes-blog-roundup-518

  8. Vernon says:

    Lumping Nikki Haley with Strom Thurmond and Mark Sanford as “randy right wing pols” is grossly unfair. The sexual shenanigans of Thurmond and Sanford are well documented. Absolutely NO proof of marital infidelity by Haley exists. All we have are accusations by two individuals who it would appear have their own agendas.

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