Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley got called out over claims of racism by a naturalized American who is running for Congress.
U.S. Navy combat veteran Burt Thakur wasn’t born in the U.S. but his love for his new homeland led him to renounce his citizenship in India to serve in the military. He took to social media to deliver a scathing rebuke of Haley who was born Nimarata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant parents in South Carolina.
Raised by grandparents in New Delhi, Thakur immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s and became well known as a Jeopardy champ during Alex Trebek’s final season as a host. Currently running as an America-first Republican candidate, Thakur is seeking to win election to the U.S. House to represent Texas’ 26th Congressional District.
He expressed how “offensive” Haley’s claims are to someone who was “actually born in India” in a lengthy post on X.
“As an American who was actually born in India, it is greatly offensive to me to see Nikki Haley take every opportunity she has to claim she has experienced such a great deal of anti-Indian racism in America – all while she was the GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, or being AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES AT THE UNITED NATIONS or now RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT,” he began.
As an American who was actually born in India, it is greatly offensive to me to see Nikki Haley take every opportunity she has to claim she has experienced such a great deal of anti-Indian racism in America – all while she was the GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, or being AMBASSADOR… pic.twitter.com/6I0UVLSdPW
— Burt Thakur (@BurtThakurTX) January 22, 2024
Citing a recent interview in which Haley claimed she was “too brown” to be accepted in a beauty pageant when she was younger, Thakur wrote, “While I am sure there were many instances of hardships, bringing race into this race (pun intended) is doing nothing to shatter the glass ceiling.”
He went on to note how the “view of literally every LEGAL IMMIGRANT here in the USA” is that America is a land of opportunity.
“I refuse to let my race be an impediment – if anything it’s a strength,” he continued. “Using it as a divisive tactic is what the elected Radical Leftist Democrats and Joe Biden’s administration have used to divide and conquer – framing everything as ‘racist’ from questioning an election to vaccine mandates to ‘climate change.'”
“Funny how @VivekGRamaswamy was able to go his entire campaign without crying once about racism!” Thakur continued, referring to entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy who ended his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and endorsed former President Donald Trump after the Iowa caucuses.
“You want proof why our country is great – I’ll give you my story,” Thakur continued in his post.
“That fact that a kid who grew up on the foothills of the Himalayas can now run for the CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES as a REPUBLICAN, should show you that the only barriers to our ambitions in this country are in our own minds. We aren’t victims, we are the GREATEST nation on Earth,” he asserted.
“Let’s start acting like it Nikki.”
Thakur’s impassioned words were applauded by X users.
Well said. If I were in your district, you would have my vote.
— John David Loewen (@loewenjohndavid) January 23, 2024
We are definitely masters of our own destiny’s. Stop blaming others.
— Marcia A Reinardy (@JohnsonReinardy) January 22, 2024
Thank you, Burt, for your gracious story and common sense beliefs! Best wishes on your political ambitions. You’ll go far!
— Laurie Donaldson (@Laurdonhope) January 23, 2024
Thank you Burt Thakur for your eloquent post! Haley must read it and take your message to heart. She is talking like a Democrat victim and that is neither inspiring nor a good look for women or people of Indian descent in this great nation of opportunity for all! #RespectForBurt https://t.co/TbYathNns5
— *~* (@AlbaVeritas) January 23, 2024
Thank you, ypu totally nailed it. These people thrive on victimhood and division. It is so annoying to hear the crying of oppression from people who are sitting on top of the world snearing down at the rest of us
— OhHoney (@oh_honey32934) January 23, 2024
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