Hostin accused Haley, who also served under former President Donald Trump as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, of shedding her more ethnic-sounding given name — Nimarata — in an effort to “pass” and be more marketable in Republican politics.
But Haley, who has gone by her middle name “Nikki” since she was a child, quickly pointed out that Hostin had also chosen to publicly go by a name other than the first name she was given.
“Thanks for your concern @Sunny,” Haley tweeted after the broadcast. “It’s racist of you to judge my name. Nikki is an Indian name and