With Trump’s former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley hitting the campaign trail for Glenn Youngkin today, here’s a quick review of some of the “highlights” from Haley’s illustrious career. Just keep this in mind
- In June 2016, Haley “told The Associated Press that the rhetoric [Trump] uses is dangerous. She invoked the Charleston shooting, in which Dylann Storm Roof is accused of killing nine black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church there.”
- In November 2019, “Haley gave an interview to CBS News to promote her new book, in which she recounts the nearly two years she spent working for the Trump Administration, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. When the interviewer, Norah O’Donnell, asked whether Trump would ultimately be impeached and removed from office, Haley’s reply was entirely dismissive. ‘No. On what?’ she said. ‘You’re gonna impeach a President for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and—and giving money, and it wasn’t withheld. I don’t know what you would impeach him on…The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the President released the funds. I mean, when you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there.'”
- Check this out from December 2019: “’I think God sometimes places people for lessons and sometimes places people for change,‘ Ms. Haley said last month after stating that God had, indeed, placed Mr. Trump in the White House to be America’s ‘Disrupter-in-Chief.’”
- Also, check out this quote by Haley from December 2019: “There’s always the small minority who are always going to be there, but people saw [the Confederate flag] as service, sacrifice and heritage.”
- On January 7, 2021, the day after the pro-Trump U.S. Capitol insurrection, Haley ” sharply criticized President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot and his behavior since the election, telling Republican National Committee members in a closed-door speech Thursday evening that Trump’s actions ‘will be judged harshly by history.’” Haley added, “He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time. He was badly wrong with his words yesterday. And it wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.“
- On February 12, 2021, Politico reported that Haley “can’t decide who she wants to be—the leader of a post-Trump GOP or a ‘friend’ to the president who tried to sabotage democracy.” The Politico story added, “Haley knew from the moment she agreed to work for Trump, a man whose character she had lampooned mercilessly during his run for president, that she would never be rid of him.” And in that article, Haley is quoted about Trump as saying “He’s not going to run for federal office again,” “He’s fallen so far,” “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” “I’m deeply disturbed by what’s happened to him,” etc.
- Completely contradicting herself, on April 13, 2021, Haley said “she would back her onetime boss, former President Donald Trump, if he decides to run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination again in 2024 and not mount a bid against him.”
- In a nauseating new development, “The Kushner Family Is Cozying Up to Nikki Haley.” Gack. Also see Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner seen at Kiawah Island Beach Club – “The two were seen with former S.C. governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and husband Michael Haley at the private-membership oceanfront resort — with its three pools and a gazebo bar.”
- Yesterday, Haley said, “Every governor in the country needs to ban funding for critical race theory.”
As you can see, Haley’s been all over the place on Trump, one minute harshly criticizing him, the next minute trying to get back in his good graces. So pathetic. And note that, despite all her hemming and hawing, groveling to Trump, etc., Haley’s gained basically no support within the Republican Party for her own possible campaign for president, with the recent CPAC Republican 2024 presidential straw poll putting her at just 1% support, tied with Tucker Carlson, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. Great job, eh?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 12, 2021