Accusations of racist dog-whistling were levied against a conservative website following the posting of a peculiar poll about Nikki Haley’s heritage. The Florida Standard, known for its favorable coverage and close relationship with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, shared a poll on X asking, “Did you know that Nikki Haley’s parents are immigrants from India and her birth name is Nimarata Randhawa?” The obscure nature of the poll garnered significant backlash on social media, with individuals such as Harvard professor Cornell William Brooks and former Vice President Mike Pence aide Olivia Troye criticizing the site’s actions. CNN anchor Jake Tapper also expressed his bewilderment in a tweet, questioning the intentions behind the Florida Standard’s poll. Despite the widespread attention and condemnation, the Florida Standard did not respond to requests for comment from HuffPost. The controversy surrounding Haley’s heritage is just one of many instances where she faced criticism and questions about her identity throughout her political career, often resulting from her downplaying of deep-rooted racism in the U.S. and her calls for social media users to be verified by name online. The site’s tweet was viewed over 2 million times, signaling the extent of the backlash it received. In light of the uproar, it remains to be seen how the Florida Standard will address the situation and its impact on Nikki Haley’s public image.
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