South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has led an effort to remove the Confederate flag from display on capitol grounds following the racially motivated murders of nine black people in Charleston. During an interview on the Fox Business Network, conservative commentator Ann Coulter suggested that Haley’s background disqualifies her from taking a stance on the issue. From Mediaite:
At one point, she said, “I’m appalled by––though, I really like to like Nikki Haley since she is a Republican. On the other hand, she is an immigrant and does not understand America’s history.”
[Host] Kennedy asked, “Immigrants can’t understand history?” Coulter responded, “Well, she doesn’t!”
As it turns out, Haley is not an immigrant. She is a South Carolina native.
Coulter’s comment would be ridiculous in either case. Since when must one be from a place to understand its history?
Coulter hails from Connecticut, yet speaks as an authority on the history of the South Carolina. By her own expressed logic, that’s impossible.