South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley (born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa), who in the summer of 2015 led efforts to bring down the Confederate flag which flew at a veterans memorial on Statehouse grounds, holds to a radical universalist ideology of Americanism which is essentially the same as that of Barrack Obama, Jeb Bush and Ronald Reagan.
Haley recently criticized Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration and falsely claimed that the US had never passed laws or taken action to exclude a specific religious group. And in the 2016 Republican response to the State of the Union Address Haley identified with non-White immigrants in the South saying, “I’m the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country. Growing up in the rural South, my family didn’t look like our neighbors, and we didn’t have much. There were times that were tough, but we had each other, and we had the opportunity to do anything, to be anything, as long as we were willing to work for it.
My story is really not much different from millions of other Americans. Immigrants have been coming to our shores for generations to live the dream that is America. They wanted better for their children than for themselves. That remains the dream of all of us, and in this country we have seen time and again that that dream is achievable.”
The governor also asserted her vision of Americanism as a universalist project insisting that “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.” This could potentially include billions of people from the Third World. America is just a “dream” to Haley – one which is radically universalist. This ideology contrasts sharply with the healthy, traditional Southern worldview and identity.