Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the suspension of his presidential campaign tonight, which inspired writer Anil Dash to conclude that Jindal was on a losing track from the start, having abandoned his Indian American identity and values in favor of being “divisive and combative,” which we’ll assume is synonymous with Republican.
Unfortunately, Jindal in particular has been targeted for ethnic purity, from the Washington Post tracking down a professor to declare that “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal” to both The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill falling for a satirical piece claiming Jindal said the Confederate flag was a symbol of his heritage.
Piling on tonight as Jindal bows out of the race is alleged comedian Hari Kondabolu, who served up the raciest of racist humor.
This is the second time Bobby Jindal quit a race.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) November 17, 2015
@harikondabolu you win all the twitter awards today.
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) November 18, 2015
@harikondabolu please proceed to collect your noble prize.
— Dee Inguva (@dushyanth) November 17, 2015
@harikondabolu Damn you didn't have to do him like that. xD
— Emu (@Emucratic) November 17, 2015
@harikondabolu this is so savage I love it
— Cat Kendall (@catriionaa) November 17, 2015
@harikondabolu This is might be one of the greatest tweets of all time
— Gaurav (@gauravvshastri) November 17, 2015
@harikondabolu this is the most brutal tweet I've ever read
— all the saints are dead (@wombcult) November 18, 2015
We get it, but what we don’t get is why Jindal deserves this kind of abuse. He was born and raised in America to immigrant parents; what’s the proper setting for his “ethnicity dial”? Is the hatred due to his politics, his assimilation into American culture, or is it the product of a university system where young scholars demand a campus resource center for “students of marginalized identities”?
And the race haters come out of the woodwork. https://t.co/gIeelIBSsk
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 18, 2015
— James Davis (@jamesedavis2012) November 18, 2015
@baseballcrank To be fair, Hari has been tweeting disdainful things about Jindal for YEARS
— Tennessee Grimes (@10ehC) November 18, 2015
Time for some new material?
Super-classy. And look at all those enlightened progressives RT'ing and fav'ing! pic.twitter.com/D4PdaXEhZm
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) November 18, 2015
@EsotericCD To many on the Left, any minority instantly becomes a straight, White, Christian man when he or she becomes a conservative.
— Alex Kowaleski (@A_Kowaleski) November 18, 2015
Best to stick with the incredibly diverse field of liberal candidates this time around.
Editor’s note: Mr. Kondabolu’s name was misspelled in the headline and body of this post. We have corrected the misspelling and apologize for the error.