Nikki Haley Real Name: Sunny Hostin Has Been Criticized For Calling Ex-Ambassador a “Chameleon”

Nikki Haley, a former U.N. ambassador, dubbed The View cohost Sunny Hostin “racist” for not introducing her on the show by her Indian-given name. On Tuesday’s broadcast, Hostin called the former South Carolina governor a “chameleon” in an assault on Haley.

In addition, Hostin said that Haley doesn’t utilize her Indian name to win over Republicans. A heated Twitter outcry started shortly after this comment was made on “The View.”

Nikki Haley Real Name

Haley tweeted later in response to the incident. She tweeted, “Thanks for your concern @Sunny. It’s racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name 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….”

On Tuesday’s broadcast, while cohost Alyssa Farah Griffin was discussing potential Republican candidates for the 2024 presidential race, Hostin made the statement regarding Haley’s name. Saying, “I’d want to see Nikki Haley, I’d love to see Liz Cheney…” Griffin then went on to list other women she would like to see. Hostin finished her sentence with “And Nikki Haley, the chameleon, and Liz Cheney, who is now the savior of —.”

Griffin defended Haley, saying, “I think Nikki Haley was a tremendously effective governor.” Hostin was still fascinated by the name and repeated his question to Griffin: “What is her real name, again?” “A lot of people don’t go by their true genuine names,” Griffin, an American diplomat, said. Hostin persisted in harping on the topic, stating, “You know, I think if she leaned towards being someone of color.”

Continuing his support for Haley, Griffin said, “Nikki Haley has thus been known by her nickname since early childhood. Evidence of this phenomenon can be found in high school records. I wouldn’t be surprised if an Indian girl living in 1960s South Carolina did that to conceal her identity and protect her family from racism. So, I’d like to be careful about criticizing her for using the name she’s always used.”

But Hostin was unyielding, insisting, “Yes, some of us may be chameleons and chose not to embrace our ethnicity so that we can pass.” Cohost Sara Haine said, ” Sunny, you go by a different name.” Hostin continued, “Most Americans can’t pronounce Asunción because of the under-education in our country.”

She explained, “But sometimes I would say, what Alyssa’s saying, people gravitate to different names for different reasons.” Whoopi Goldberg, whose name is Caryn Johnson, decided it was time to end the discussion, telling the audience, “I’m going to kill this dialogue” and insisting, “I am truly myself, I am Whoopi Goldberg, and we’ll be right back.”

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