Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) is getting some very peculiar backlash for her State of the Union response speech Tuesday night — this time from right-wing Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a vocal foe of immigration reform.
Erica Werner of The Associated Press reports:
Steve King suggests Haley is not a “principled conservative” but: “I think she’s beautiful so I’d be happy if she’s the face of the party.”
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 13, 2016
Haley delivered the GOP’s official response to the president’s speech. But in addition to countering President Obama, she was also sharply critical of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric in the current political campaign, while touting her own background as the daughter of Indian immigrants. “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.” She did not mention Trump by name, but admitted on The Today Show Wednesday morning that Trump was one of the people she was referring to.
Steve King was not impressed.
“I’m concerned that if anybody intimates that we have to allow for… unlimited immigration into America,” he also told reporters, according to The Hill, “we have to say no to some.”
King has endorsed Ted Cruz, also an immigration hard-liner (and now ironically the target of attacks from Trump, over his own Canadian birth). When he announced his endorsement, King declared that the Texas senator was the answer to his fervent prayers “that God would raise up a leader, whom He would use to restore the soul of America.”
Photo: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) via Facebook.