Ann Coulter thinks Nikki Haley should "go back to her own country" where they "worship rats"

During "The Mark Simone Show," Coulter also referred to the presidential candidate as a “preposterous creature"

By Kelly McClure

Nights & Weekends Editor

Published February 17, 2023 6:23PM (EST)

Ann Coulter speaks onstage during Politicon. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon)
Ann Coulter speaks onstage during Politicon. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon)

During a taping of "The Mark Simone Show" this week, conservative media pundit Ann Coulter made a series of racist comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, suggesting she should "go back to her own country."

After lashing out at Haley, who was born in the U.S. to Indian immigrant parents, Coulter then branched out to further degrade India as a whole.

"Her candidacy did remind me that I need to immigrate to India so I can demand they start taking down parts of their history," Coulter said. "What's with the worshipping of the cows? They're all starving over there. Did you know they have a rat temple, where they worship rats?"

Elsewhere in the segment, Coulter also referred to Haley as a "bimbo" and a "preposterous creature," according to coverage from NBC News

"I don't support Nikki Haley, but this is disgusting behavior by Coulter," tweeted MSNBC's Katie S. Phang in response to the racist remarks. 

"Here we go. The 'I don't see color' party aka @gop's ignorant dog whistler @AnnCoulter tells @NikkiHaley to 'go back to her country,' insults India & Hindus. Mocking cows while US pardons turkeys. Still wanna be conservative, Desis? This is how they see us," writer and producer Natasha Chandel weighed in.

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After officially announcing her plan to run as the first major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination, Haley made a statement saying "Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections . . . That has to change. Joe Biden's record is abysmal, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. The Washington establishment has failed us over and over and over again. It's time for a new generation of leadership."

After stating two years ago that "she would not challenge Trump for the 2024 election if he decided to run," this change in tune has irked many of Trump's main supporters. 

By Kelly McClure

Kelly McClure is Salon's Nights and Weekends Editor covering daily news, politics and culture. Her work has been featured in Vulture, The A.V. Club, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Vice, and elsewhere. She is the author of Something is Always Happening Somewhere.

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