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Vivek Ramaswamy’s team responds to Ann Coulter’s calling his clash with Nikki Haley ‘Hindu business’

“Ann can tweet whatever she wants to,” Ramaswamy's senior adviser said.
Vivek Ramaswamy and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley at first Republican Presidential primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Aug 23, 2023.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the first Republican presidential primary debate Wednesday in Milwaukee. Brendan Smialowski / AFP - Getty Images

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is facing backlash for racist comments she made about the two Indian Americans running for the GOP presidential nomination.

During Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate, Coulter characterized an exchange between former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy as "Hindu business."

"Nikki and Vivek are involved in some Hindu business, it seems," Coulter tweeted. "Not our fight."

"Ann can tweet whatever she wants to," Ramaswamy’s senior adviser and communications director, Tricia McLaughlin, told NBC News. "Vivek shares and lives by the same Judeo-Christian values that this nation was founded on — and the way Vivek lives his family life offers a positive example for their own children and grandchildren."

Ramaswamy is Hindu. Haley was born into a Sikh family and is a Christian, which she has been vocal about in her public life.

The heated exchange Coulter appeared to refer to wasn’t even about religion but rather U.S. aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Both conservatives and liberals criticized Coulter for her comment.

"Nikki Haley was born Sikh and is a practising Christian, you racist troglodyte," a person tweeted in response.

Coulter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's a trope that's not unexpected coming from someone with a history like Coulter's, others said.

"Completely expected that she would attack them but using a white racist trope invoking a religion is beyond disgusting," tweeted Sangay Mishra, the author of “Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans."

It isn't the first time this election cycle that Coulter has been in the news for racist comments about Haley. In February, she caught heat for telling Haley to "go back to your own country" as part of a larger tirade on a podcast.

Ann Coulter in 2017.
Ann Coulter in 2017.Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images

“What’s with the worshipping of the cows? They’re all starving over there," she said in the appearance on the “The Mark Simone Show” podcast. "Did you know they have a rat temple, where they worship rats?"

Coulter has also called Haley a "bimbo" and a "preposterous creature."

Haley didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.