Nikki Haley has fired back at the controversial ABC show “The View” after co-host Sunny Hostin called the former United Nations Ambassador a “chameleon” for not going by her first name.
Haley slammed Hostin’s “hypocrisy” by noting that “Sunny isn’t your birth name.”
“Thanks for your concern @Sunny,” Haley responded on Twitter.
“It’s racist of you to judge my name.
“Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I’m proud of that.
“What’s sad is the Left’s hypocrisy towards conservative minorities.
“By the way, last I checked Sunny isn’t your birth name…”
The comments from Hostin triggered a backlash online.
“Sunny is literally the worst person on network television,” podcast host Dave Rubin said.
“And she doesn’t even realize she totally threw Whoopi under the bus…her real name is Caryn Johnson.”
Later in the show, Hostin admitted that Sunny is not her real name either.
Thanks for your concern @Sunny. It's racist of you to judge my name.
Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I'm proud of that.
What's sad is the left's hypocrisy towards conservative minorities.
By the way, last I checked Sunny isn't your birth name… pic.twitter.com/NI3KZXjD6F
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 20, 2022
Below is a transcript:
ALYSSA FARAH GRIFFIN: I think it’s time for new blood. For me I would love to see Republicans —
SUNNY HOSTIN (interrupting): Who on your side is credible enough –
JOY BEHAR (interrupting): And can pass –
HOSTIN: — and can pass the primary and be in the general.
FARAH GRIFFIN: I think we’ve got some if they’re willing to challenge Trump. I’d love to see Nikki Haley. I’d love to see Liz Cheney.
HOSTIN: And Nikki Haley the chameleon. And Liz Cheney who’s not the savior.
FARAH GRIFFIN: I think Nikki Haley was an incredibly effective governor of South Carolina.
HOSTIN: What is her real name again?
SARA HAINES: Alyssa, I have a question. Asides from Ron DeSantis–
FARAH GRIFFIN: A lot – a lot of people don’t go by their actual, real name.
BEHAR: What is her name?
FARAH GRIFFIN: I believe it’s – I don’t want to mispronounce it. It’s Indian. Her background is Indian.
HOSTIN: But she doesn’t necessarily – I think if she leaned into being someone of color it be different.
FARAH GRIFFIN: Just real quick, cause the Nikki Haley conversation came up. So, Nikki Haley’s gone by Nikki since she was a child. It’s documented in high school. I wouldn’t be shocked that as someone, an Indian woman growing up in South Carolina at that she actually did to avoid prejudice. So, I just want to be careful about critiquing her for going by the name she’s always gone by.
HOSTIN: Yeah, there were some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass – so that we don’t have to be –
FARAH GRIFFIN (interrupting Hostin): I don’t think that’s fair!
SARA HAINES (interrupting Hostin): Sunny! You go by a different name!
FARAH GRIFFIN: I didn’t want to be the one to say it.
HOSTIN: Because most Americans can’t pronounce Asunción because of the undereducation in our country.
HAINES: But sometimes I would say what Alyssa is saying is that people gravitate to names for different reasons.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I’m just going to kill this conversation! I am authentically myself! I am Whoopi Goldberg and we’ll be right back!