Claire Jean Kim

In a now-viral moment, MSNBC host Joy Reid argued that [Nikki] Haley's chances of success in the GOP primary were slim given the volume of xenophobia and racism that Trump has stirred up in the party, attributing part of what she suggested is Haley's inevitable electoral failure to that bigotry. … In that sense, there's truth to Reid's point that GOP leaders and voters view Haley and [Vivek] Ramaswamy differently because of their skin or, in the latter's case, his name and the misconception that he would be Muslim, explained Dr. Claire Jean Kim, a professor of politics and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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