Dick of the Week: Sen. Jake Knott

Carmel Lobello :: Friday, June 4th, 2010 7:57 pm

This was just too easy. South Carolina Republican Senator Jake Knott basically served himself to our “Dick of the Week” column on a golden platter today. In what appeared to be an effort to one-up Rand Paul’s racist quote about segregation, he said on the web show, “Pub Talk Live” that “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.”

He was, of course, referring to President Obama, and also front-running gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Nikki Haley, whose parents are from India and was raised a Sikh. After spending the day in his own shit storm, Sen. Knott tried to apologize, but instead said, “Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize. I still believe Ms. Haley [a practicing Methodist] is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama [Protestant] did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”

He then pressed rewind on his non-apology and said, “Bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like local political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from.” Right. When all else fails, blame SNL. I’ll look forward to their take on the Senator tomorrow night.

Thank you, Sen. Knott, for making it so easy to call you a dick. I can go home early now.