Oops! GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Calls American-Born Nikki Haley An Immigrant

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., speaks with reporters following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) mistakenly called South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) an immigrant in a radio interview posted on his YouTube account Wednesday and picked up by Buzzfeed Thursday.

Asked by The John Howell Show about Haley’s State of the Union rebuttal and a possible backlash from Donald Trump, Johnson said, “That may be, but let’s face it. No two people agree on everything. And Governor Haley is an immigrant. “

Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants, but was born in South Carolina.

“She has powerful stories of being an immigrant. And experiencing discrimination herself,” Johnson continued. “And so she’s obviously gonna react different to somebody who’s never experienced that. I tend to align myself more with Governor Haley’s comments on the issue.”

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