Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist Leslie Marshall was caught with mud on her face after a tweet, that she now claims she didn’t send, made a smart remark about former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, “Says a white woman,” were the four words tweeted from Marshall’s account in reference to Haley’s Monday evening speech at the Republican National Convention. Haley’s remarks included her assertion that the United States is not a racist country.
The Democratic strategist’s comment was considered especially ridiculous because Haley was born to two Indian parents named Ajit Singh Randhawa, Raj Kaur Randhawa. Clearly the high profile politician hasn’t made a big to-do about her background, despite it being a well known “social justice point” for someone to not be considered “white” in America today. However, her lack of fanfare appears to have tripped up at least one Democrat who hoped to discredit her.
Marshall removed the tweet aimed at the former South Carolina governor after a swift and brutal backlash by others on Twitter, and the account’s owner placed blame on an intern for the tweet.
“Full disclosure it is physically impossible for me to do all of my social media that’s why I have staff and interns this was not one of my tweets and it was incorrect so I took it down,” Marshall said Monday night, in what seemed a flailing attempt at damage control.
The Fox News contributor admitted later, continuing the same excuse, saying that she has been putting her faith in staffers to tweet from her account for some time.
“I agree with you on the poor judgment re: the intern- but for years my staff have posted when I’m on vacation, out of town, etc without incident. Now it won’t be happening going forward,” Marshall added Tuesday morning.
Marshall’s consternation about Haley’s speech was understandable, however, considering the punch that the former United Nations’ ambassador packed with her comments on Monday.
Haley took on the issue of racial tension in the United States at her RNC address, telling the incredible story of her rise to a governorship that was one of the first in the Southern United States to go to a person of color.
“In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country,” Haley said. “This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants.”
The former governor talked about her upbringing by immigrant parents in a “small Southern town” where they were able to achieve the iconic American dream for themselves and their daughter. She did say, however, that they did face “discrimination and hardship” going on to talk about the progress made by Americans in the interest of inclusivity.
“My mom built a successful business. My dad taught 30 years at a historically Black college. And the people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor,” Haley said. “America is a story that’s a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone.”
Haley’s impressive background and stage presence have caused whispers about her being a potential candidate for the White House in 2024. There was even speculation that the president might substitute her as his VP over current Vice President Mike Pence. That theory, however, was quickly debunked by both the White House and Haley herself. No word yet on whether the “brown girl” full of southern charm might be on a 2024 ticket.