The Lexington County Republican Party on Saturday condemned the recent disparaging comments of Sen. Jakes Knotts, R-Lexington.
“We vehemently oppose these comments and are taking this opportunity to distinguish the Lexington County Republican Party policies from Senator Knotts’ comments,” read a statement the party released Saturday. “We are a party that disregards cultural, ethnic, racial and other superficial distinctions and instead focus on the ideas, philosophies and character of the people running for office and participating in the process.”
In an online political show Thursday, Knotts called Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who is of Indian decent, a “raghead.” He also used the ethnic slur to describe President Barack Obama.
Knotts has said he made the comment in jest and has apologized.
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