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Nikki Haley Burned Crispy For Urging Senate To ‘Give Trump A Break’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Former President Donald Trump's former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is being strongly criticized after telling Fox News, "I don't even think there's a basis for impeachment." Trump incited the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a police officer. At least 134 law enforcement officers were assaulted during the attempted coup. And a majority of voters, 52 percent, blame Trump for the attack.

But according to Haley, Trump deserves "a break," and those who support conviction in his Senate trial should instead just "move on."

Trump's seditious actions after the election "were not great," Haley conceded to Fox News' Laura Ingraham Monday night, despite Trump literally lying for months to the American people so much that the vast majority of Republicans falsely think Democrats stole the election.

For the first time in American history, there was not a peaceful transfer of power, and yet Haley say Trump "absolutely" does not deserve to be impeached.

And she is playing the GOP's hand, attacking Democrats with President Joe Biden's call for unity.

"Now they're going to turn around and bring about impeachment yet they say they're for unity," she whines, insisting Americans' demands for accountability in the wake of Trump's insurrection are "only dividing our country."

Haley was destroyed on social media.

Nikki Haley Tweet Feeds ‘Rumors’ About Pence

Trump’s former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley floated a rumor Wednesday about her possibly replacing Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican ticket.

“Enough of the false rumors,” Haley wrote to her over 450,000 followers. “Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support.”

The statement, which quickly spread online, does little to tamp down those rumors, though.

Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs said that “key White House aides know exactly” what the story is about, adding, “Haley almost begging reporters to explain the ‘rumors.'”

“That’s one way to dispel ‘false rumors’ — broadcast them to your 450,000 followers, 98% of whom had never heard the rumors,” noted conservative activist Bill Kristol.

As Trump’s vice president, Pence has often been the subject of public humiliation, including on the subject of whether Trump wants to keep Pence around for another term or would support a future run for the White House.

In June, Trump made it clear he wouldn’t publicly endorse a possible 2024 run by Pence. A host on Fox News asked Trump if he would give his vice president an “automatic endorsement” for the race. Trump refused.

“I love Mike,” he said. “We are running again. You’re talking about a long time, so you can’t put me in that position.”

In Trump’s first year, Pence began to arrange what was described by some as a “shadow campaign” for the presidency. He set up his own PAC (Great America Committee) and hosted Republican donors at his official residence.

When news of those actions surfaced, Pence slammed the stories. He described the reporting as “disgraceful and offensive” and said the reporting was “categorically false.”

Pence has kept his PAC active in the two years since, however.

Last November, reporting indicated that Trump still had questions about Pence’s commitment to the ticket.

According to the New York Times, Trump repeatedly asked aides and advisers if Pence is still loyal to him.

Haley’s tweet fans the flames of rumors that have always dogged Trump and Pence, and they put Pence in a weak position with a presidential ticket already facing considerable political headwinds.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Kellyanne Conway Smacks Nikki Haley In Twitter Beef

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Although Kellyanne Conway was critical of Donald Trump back when she was a strategist for Sen. Ted Cruz’ 2016 presidential campaign, she has zero tolerance for any criticism of Trump now — even mild criticism. And that was evident on Friday when the Trump adviser had an angry reaction to a tweet by Republican Nikki Haley (former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations).

Friday morning, Trump posted a snarky tweet after learning that, according to police, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ home in Baltimore had been the target of a burglary. Trump was gloating over the news, posting, “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” Haley took offense, tweeting, “This is so unnecessary.” And Conway, obviously offended by Haley’s tweet, responded, “THIS is so unnecessary. Trump-PENCE2020.”

But Conway’s husband, conservative attorney and relentless Trump adversary George Conway, had a very different reaction to Haley’s tweet: he encouraged her to criticize Trump even more, posting, “Come on out, Nikki, the water’s warm. Be on the right side of history. Be on the right side.”

Before her ambassador position, Haley served as governor of South Carolina.

Why Trump Should Fear Nikki Haley

Donald Trump is the most vulnerable incumbent president in decades. Struggling with a stubbornly low approval rating, plagued by scandal, and facing a raft of criminal and civil investigations, he threatens to take his party down to an epic defeat if he’s renominated. You’d think Republicans might be open to an alternative.

But you can’t beat somebody with nobody, and practically speaking, nobody is the present alternative. So far, Trump has only one GOP challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is publicly pondering a race. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also a possible entrant.

None of them is likely to pose much danger to Trump. All come from the moderate wing of the party, which is not so much a wing as a handful of feathers. They might appeal to many independents and even some Democrats. But Republicans are not going to abandon a president who has relentlessly catered to conservatives on taxes, abortion, immigration, judges and Iran.

The history of serious challenges to incumbent presidents is that they don’t arise from the middle of the spectrum. They spring from the left in the Democratic Party and the right in the Republican Party. The rebels could claim to speak for the hardcore faithful, not the soothing centrists.

In 1992, it was Pat Buchanan who mounted a mutiny. He vilified George H.W. Bush for breaking his promise not to raise taxes, and he railed against gay rights, abortion, free trade and immigrants. He got nearly 38 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter, dogged by high inflation and gas lines, had to contend with Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose family embodied modern liberalism. Kennedy won a dozen contests in the Democratic campaign.

The most successful challenge, however, came in 1968, when Eugene McCarthy, vocally opposing the Vietnam War, stunned President Lyndon Johnson by getting 42 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. Johnson soon excused himself.

Those examples illustrate why Trump is not going to fall to a Weld or a Kasich. If anyone is going to bring him down in the Republican primaries, it will be someone with powerful appeal to the base voters, who have stuck with Trump so far.

Who would that be? The most plausible candidate is his former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley. She is assumed to be looking to a 2024 presidential bid.

But if she is not primed to jump in if and when Trump suffers a major setback, she is missing what could be the chance of a lifetime.

Her assets are hard to overstate. She’s an uncompromising Reaganite who thrilled hawks with her aggressive rhetoric at the U.N. Critical of Trump in the primaries, she was a loyal soldier after he won. She somehow managed to stay in his good graces and depart the administration with her reputation intact, a feat akin to staying dry while swimming in a rainstorm.

Haley has not been so rash as to challenge any important article of right-wing dogma. As governor of South Carolina, Haley got a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, won the endorsement of the anti-tax Club for Growth PAC and got a score of zero from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Compared with Trump, she is more closely aligned with congressional Republicans on policy toward Russia, NATO and Saudi Arabia. If she were to run against him, she would draw on a large stock of conservative goodwill.

Could she win? Given today’s conditions, no. But conditions are likely to get worse for Trump, not better. Republicans would be strongly reluctant to abandon him — unless he looked like a sure loser and they had an alluring alternative at hand. Haley would be exactly that.

She might be the candidate Democrats would least like to run against. She would be more than capable of uniting the GOP. But as a first-generation Indian-American woman who removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, she would also be relatively well-positioned to appeal to some independents who find Trump distasteful, if not repulsive.

Trump may figure that the Republican electorate will stick with him no matter what, and he may be right. But with the right timing, Haley could put that loyalty to a real test.

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IMAGE: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador

After serving less than ten months as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has tendered her resignation to President Donald Trump, which he has accepted. The former South Carolina governor reportedly discussed her decision to quit when she visited Trump at the White House last week. Nevertheless, her resignation came as a surprise in Washington and the diplomatic community.

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Haley clashed with candidate Trump, warning that his reckless bluster could result in an international crisis. But she has defended him ever since joining his administration, most recently in a Washington Post op-ed last month that responded to the notorious” op-ed in the New York Times criticizing his presidency by an anonymous “senior White House staffer.”

“I don’t agree with the president on everything,” retorted the outspoken Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants. “When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”

Only hours before her resignation was revealed, Haley came under sharp criticism from the watchdogs at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for accepting several free plane flights from three corporate executives. CREW demanded an investigation of seven private trips that Haley took between New York, Washington, and three cities in South Carolina, whose value the organization estimated at $24,000. (According to Haley, the seven flights should be valued at only $3200 and the executives are her personal friends whose favors should be exempt from ethics considerations.)

“By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” said Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”


Haley Lends Trump Team Diversity But Little Diplomatic Heft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – By picking fellow Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick rounded out his early Cabinet choices with his first woman and ethnic minority.

But he also opted for a state politician with little experience in the federal government or international diplomacy who has been a sharp critic, backing two of his rivals and criticizing the harsh rhetoric of the presidential campaign.

In tapping the popular governor of a state that supported him, Trump’s choice could signal an attempt to reach out to minorities in the wake of his Nov. 8 victory following a bitterly divisive campaign.

His victory has sparked protests and concerns by those worried that his denunciation of immigrants, Muslims and Hispanics during the campaign could translate into policies eroding civil rights.

Trump said on Wednesday that Haley could bring people together and was “a proven dealmaker” who “will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”

Haley, 44, represents what some Republicans have said could be the new face of the Republican Party: a younger, more diverse generation of leaders who could help bolster conservatives as U.S. demographics shift.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, she drew national attention in 2015 when she led a push to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds in Columbia after a white gunman killed nine people at a historic predominantly African-American church in Charleston.

But Haley, now serving her second four-year term as governor, has little experience in foreign policy and the diplomatic issues likely to come before the United Nations.

In a statement on Wednesday, she praised the state’s residents for taking “a chance on a little-known, 38-year old, minority, female governor” when she took office six years ago.


Like Trump, Haley came to politics as an outsider.

After years working in her family’s gift shop in Bamberg, a small town an hour south of the state capital, she ran for state representative in 2004 and defeated a nearly 30-year incumbent, touting her fiscal conservatism while brushing off racial slurs.

She won her gubernatorial bid in 2010 on a platform of reform, receiving the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a former Republican vice presidential nominee and darling of the party’s Tea Party wing.

Still, Haley has not hesitated to call out fellow Republicans, including Trump. In January, she offered the party’s rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, seizing the spotlight in what was seen as a strong rebuke of Trump.

Haley called for tolerance and civility in her remarks. Although she never mentioned Trump by name, she urged Americans not to “follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” adding: “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”

But she told the Federalist Society recently that although she was not an early or vocal supporter of Trump, she did vote for him and was “thrilled” that he won.

Born to Sikh parents who emigrated to South Carolina from India, she is no stranger to U.S. racial and ethnic tensions.

While Trump won with the lowest minority vote in decades,, Haley has scolded Republicans for not working harder to broaden their appeal beyond white Americans.

“Our approach often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities. That’s shameful and that has to change,” she said in a 2015 National Press Club speech. “It’s on us to communicate our positions in ways that wipe away the clutter of prejudices.”

Although she worked to heal the racial tensions that exploded after the gun attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015, she has also been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement that gained ground after a series of high-profile shootings of unarmed African-Americans by police.

“Some people think you have to yell and scream in order to make a difference. Well, that’s just not true,” she told the National Press Club. “When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying and that can make a world of difference.”


On Wednesday, Haley said, “When the President believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed.”

Her international experience is largely centered on her efforts to draw foreign businesses to South Carolina, including at least eight overseas trips, local media reported.

One – a June 2011 trip billed as an economic development mission to Europe and the Paris Air Show – cost the state $158,000 and drew criticism back home over its luxury accommodations and a hotel party.

She said afterwards she did not know how much was spent and had learned a lesson, even as she pledged to keep up the sales pitches, the Charleston Post and Courier reported at the time.

“There is a method to the madness,” she said, according to the newspaper. “I am selling the state the only way I know how.”

The Post and Courier said her trips included trade show visits and economic development meetings, including stops related to BMW and Volvo , two automakers with facilities in South Carolina. She has visited Germany, Sweden, Britain, Japan, Canada and India, it reported.

As governor, she has also been embroiled in the thorny issue of nuclear waste amid federal facilities in the state aimed at storing and converting such materials.

Earlier this year, she fought to have some nuclear material from Japan headed for South Carolina moved to New Mexico.

“Critics will ask if Nikki Haley has been engaged in int’l affairs. I’ve had convos w/her on & off over the years. She has a strong worldview,” Dan Senor, a former adviser to 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said on Twitter.

(Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

IMAGE: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio at Swamp Rabbit Crossfit in Greenville, South Carolina February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane 

Governor Nikki Haley Chosen For U.N. Ambassador

(Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump has picked South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who was critical of him during his election campaign and who has little foreign policy experience, to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The choice of Haley was announced in a statement on Wednesday from Trump’s transition team.

“Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” the Republican president-elect said in the statement.

Haley, a 44-year-old Republican, sharply criticized Trump during the presidential campaign over his harsh rhetoric about illegal immigrants and for not speaking forcefully enough against white supremacists.

The choice of Haley, a daughter of Indian immigrants who is an active voice for tolerance, may be aimed at countering criticism of Trump’s divisive comments about immigrants and minorities, as well as accusations of sexism during his campaign for the Nov. 8 election in which he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Haley led an effort last year to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol after the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston. The flag was carried by pro-slavery Confederate forces during the U.S. Civil War and is viewed by many as a racist emblem.

She condemned Trump during the Republican presidential primary campaign for not disavowing the support of white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan and one of its former leaders, David Duke.

In her rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January, Haley called for tolerance on immigration and civility in politics in what some saw as a rebuke of Trump.

“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” she said. “We must resist that temptation.”

In the early days of the primary contest to pick this year’s Republican presidential nominee primary, Haley was mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick.

She supported Trump rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both U.S. senators, in the primary before saying last month she would vote for Trump despite reservations about his character. Trump is due to succeed Obama, a Democrat, on Jan. 20.

Haley also criticized Trump for not releasing his tax returns, prompting the New York real estate mogul to hit back on Twitter, “The people of South Carolina are embarrassed of Nikki Haley!”


Haley, a state lawmaker before becoming governor, has little experience in foreign relations.

According to the Post and Courier of Charleston, her international experience involves negotiating development deals with international companies who want to work in South Carolina. She has led seven overseas trade missions as governor, it reported.

“She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage,” Trump said in the statement announcing his appointment.

Haley’s husband, Michael, was deployed for nearly a year in Afghanistan with the South Carolina National Guard in 2013, said the Post and Courier, which first reported Haley had been picked for the job.

Haley would succeed Obama’s U.N. envoy, Samantha Power, in the high-profile position.

The United States is one of five permanent veto-powers on the 15 member U.N. Security Council, along with Russia, China, France and Britain.

Haley will be working with a new U.N. secretary-general after the United Nations General Assembly appointed former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres in October for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

He will replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

Washington is the largest funder of the 193-member United Nations, paying more than a quarter of the $8 billion peacekeeping budget and 22 percent of the several billion dollar regular budget.

(Additional reporting by Michele Nichols in New York; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Howard Goller and Frances Kerry)