Khanna appeared on Inside with Jen Psaki on Sunday to react to the former United Nations ambassador’s recent statement that the United States is not and has “never been a racist country.” As a fellow Indian-American, Khanna admitted he wanted Haley to do well, even though he admitted, “I obviously don’t agree with her.”
“I just think she has an opportunity to talk as a daughter of immigrants about her story and inspire people,” Khanna said. “And instead, she’s appealing to a base that’s never going to vote for her.”
Haley’s comments about the U.S. having “never been a racist country” followed a previous statement made surrounding the Civil War, in which she failed to mention that it began as a result of slavery. Since she has walked back that comment.
Haley lost the Iowa Caucus to former President Donald Trump last week, as the two are the lone candidates for the Republican nomination following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) withdrawal from the presidential race on Sunday afternoon. Out of her former opponents, only Asa Hutchinson has endorsed her, with nearly every other candidate opting to endorse Trump. The next and first primary in the nation on Tuesday will come out of New Hampshire.