The View’s Asunción ‘Sunny’ Hostin Falsely Accuses Nikki Haley of Not Using Her Real Name

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Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called out Sunny Hostin on Tuesday after the The View cohost suggested the former South Carolina governor uses Nikki as her first name to hide her Indian heritage.

“There are some of us that can be chameleons and decide not to embrace our ethnicities so that we can pass, so that we don’t have to go by …” Hostin said on Tuesday’s show.

She was then interrupted by co-host Sara Haines who said: “Sunny! You go by a different name!”

Hostin, who was born Asunción Cummings and goes by the nickname “Sunny,” replied: “That’s because most Americans can’t pronounce Asunción because of the undereducation in our culture.”

Haley responded to a clip of the interaction in a tweet on Tuesday saying: “It’s racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name and is on my birth certificate—and I’m proud of that. What’s sad is the left’s hypocrisy towards conservative minorities. By the way, last I checked Sunny isn’t your birth name…”

Haley, who was born Nimarata Nikki Randhawa, has been called “Nikki” since she was born. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from India.

USA Today debunked claims last year that Haley had changed her name to “get ahead” in politics. “Nikki” is a common nickname that means “little one” in Punjabi.

Haley is the former governor’s married name that she adopted after she wed husband Michael Haley in 1996 — six years before she entered politics, according to USA Today.

Hostin’s comments on Tuesday are the latest in a string of controversial remarks she’s made on the show. She previously came under fire for claiming “black Republicans” are an “oxymoron” and for accusing CNN commentator Van Jones of being a “chameleon” and giving “racial cover” to former president Donald Trump.

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