Time Editor Asks Nikki Haley if She'd Give a Bigger Tip to a Sikh Taxi Driver

April 6th, 2012 9:45 AM

It's tough to believe this actually happened in the year 2012.

During an interview with South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley, Time magazine's editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe disgracefully said, "In New York City, which you're visiting for a couple of days, a lot of our taxi drivers are Sikhs. If you get one, are you going to give him a slightly bigger tip?"

From the outset of Luscombe's "Ten Questions with Nikki Haley," she appeared rather smug and condescending.

Her first question was, "In your book, you say that by the time you were twelve, you already knew the business tax code."

Seems harmless in print, but if you watch the video, Luscombe was clearly saying this with disparaging incredulity.

Later Luscombe asked, "In your book you write, 'Government is the dead weight we all drag behind us.' Now, if I were in government and working my behind off for the people. I’d actually find that kind of confronting and insulting. But as it turns out, you’re in government.”

Typical liberal media member not understanding how an elected official might view government as being a "dead weight." Maybe she ought to read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, as well as the Federalist Papers to get a clue.

As the interview ensued, Luscombe said, "So, let’s talk a little bit about South Carolina. South Carolinian students score lower than the national average across all measures, and yet you turned back $144 million of money that would have gone to schools. Do you not think it would have helped the students to have that money more than it harmed the state of South Carolina to accept it?"

In the middle of Haley’s response - “Do I think we need to take stimulus dollars that ties our hands and tells us that we have to educate our kids in South Carolina the same way we do in California or in Texas or in Massachusetts” – Luscombe rudely interrupted saying, “All of which have higher standards than South Carolina.”

Can you imagine Luscombe challenging a Democrat governor that way, let alone a woman?

But the best was yet to come as a bit later, Luscombe said, "Romney does have a woman problem. When stacked up against Obama, women massively prefer President Obama over Romney. How is Romney, say he’s the nominee, how is he going to overcome that?"

When Haley responded, "Ann Romney,” Luscombe asked, “Do women vote wives? Is that why women vote for candidates?”

Did Luscombe seriously ask that? Does she forget the HUGE fuss the liberal media made over Hillary Clinton when her husband was a presidential candidate in 1992? Or the way the press gushed and fawned over Michelle Obama in 2008?

Now a Republican’s wife is put up as someone women might identify with, and Luscombe is shocked and appalled that this could impact female voters.

Just as telling, when Haley said people will change their minds about Romney when they get to know Ann, Luscombe responded, “If that’s true, what you’re saying is ‘Ann Romney is so vastly superior to Michelle Obama.’”

Really? Is that what she was saying? Or was Haley’s point that women will feel more comfortable with Mitt when they get to know his wife?

But the coup de grâce had to be Luscombe's final question: “In New York City, which you're visiting for a couple of days, a lot of our taxi drivers are Sikhs. If you get one, are you going to give him a slightly bigger tip?"

How offensive.

Imagine President Obama being asked if he would tip an African-American taxi driver more.


(H/T Hot Air)