Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently downplayed a racist slur from President Donald Trump, who said that four non-white Democratic congresswomen should go “back” to their home countries.
In July, the president attacked freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Twitter. Soon after, supporters chanted “go back” at Trump rallies.
During an interview on the CBS Sunday Morning program, Haley was asked if the president’s remarks are “appropriate.”
“No, it’s not appropriate,” Haley agreed before defending the Trump.
“But I also can appreciate where he was coming from,” she added. “Don’t bash America over and over and over again and not do something to try and fix it.”
In earlier remarks on the program, Haley called impeachment the “death penalty” for the president and said that she did not see any reason to move forward with the move to impeach him.
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Trump Exploded After Aides Rejected His ‘Insane’ 7-Minute Birther Disavowal in 2016: Book
President Donald Trump reportedly flew into a rage during the 2016 campaign after his lengthy and rambling statement on birtherism was edited down to something more concise and coherent.
The Trump campaign wanted Trump to disavow the birther conspiracy theory that had launched him on his way to the Republican nomination, but he instead dictated a seven-minute diatribe via conference call against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, according to a new book excerpted by Vanity Fair.
“At first, the Republican presidential nominee was met with dead silence, with those on the line confused as to what the optimal response could possibly be,” wrote the authors of the forthcoming book, Sinking In the Swamp. “Multiple advisers wanted to tell him that his dictated statement was far, far, far too long and would cause many more headaches for the campaign than it would resolve. If released, this would defeat the purpose of everything the campaign staff was trying to accomplish on this front. And yet, no one wanted to upset Trump, whose legendary hair-trigger temper could easily be set off by the slightest sign of perceived insolence.”
“No campaign official who chimed in sided with Trump,” the authors wrote, “with each of them giving some pussyfooting version of ‘this is insane, why would we do this?’ adding a ‘sir’ or two to be safe.”
Their comments were met with a brief but uncomfortable silence before Trump erupted.
“I want that statement!” the candidate bellowed. “Get me that f*cking statement!” I want that godd*mn f*cking statement right now! Where the f*ck is it?”
Trump hung up the phone and summoned his senior communications adviser Jason Miller, who somehow managed to get the former reality TV star to agree to release a brief statement — but signed in his own name, not Trump’s.
In exchange, Trump would be allowed to give his own statement himself during an event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. — where he eventually did briefly, and some believed insincerely, disavowed birtherism.
“In the moment, Trump was bitter and vexed, still itching to one day unleash his lengthy and unalloyed comment on his birther past and present,” wrote authors Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng. “Yet barely 24 hours after showing so much fury and dejection, he had already started forgetting about it and soon moved on. He wasn’t pestering his staff about it, and he was back to his ‘Crooked Hillary’ and lock-her-up shtick.”
“In this case, crisis was averted only because it slipped Trump’s elderly mind,” they wrote. “And that was that: no batsh*t written statement.”
SCOTUS Conservatives OK Trump Sweeping Power to Ban Immigrants if They Might Some Day Use Public Services Like Welfare
In yet another 5-4 decision conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court have blocked a district court judge’s ruling and are allowing President Donald Trump to implement a draconian rule that allows immigrants to be banned from entering or staying in the U.S. if the administration’s immigration officials believe that at some point in the future they might access government resources or public services, like welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, or public housing assistance.
All four liberals on the court opposed the motion, CBS News reports.
The Court’s decision in the “public charge” case upends the judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge George Daniels in October called the new Trump rule “repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility.”
Calling it the Trump administration’s “most ambitious effort yet to restrict legal immigration,” CBS News notes “critics warn” the new policy “will shut America’s doors to low-income immigrants and people of color.”
It is believed top Trump advisor Stephen Miller, a white nationalist, is behind the policy, which will also allow the Dept. of Homeland Security to deny green cards to immigrants who have ever used taxpayer-funded assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, health care, prescription drug subsidies, or Section 8 housing vouchers. Additionally, the rule allows DHS to deny green cards to any immigrant who cannot prove in the future they would not access government benefits.
Nikki Haley Tries to Stop National Outrage: It Was Other People Who Saw Confederate Flag as ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’
Former UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is trying hard to stop the national outrage over an interview she gave in which she suggested the Confederate flag stood for “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine Black church-goers attending a Bible study class.
Haley’s exact words were: “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but, you know, people saw it [the Confederate flag] as service, and sacrifice, and heritage, and, but once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”
Haley took to Twitter and pushed back by posting the text of a speech she gave when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds.
2015 was a painful time for our state.The pain was and is still real. Below was my call for the removal of the Confederate flag & I stand by it. I continue to be proud of the people of SC and how we turned the hate of a killer into the love for each other.https://t.co/xXanJ8LPTV
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 6, 2019
Rather than say directly what she apparently wanted to say, Haley retweeted tweets like these that deliver the message that she didn’t call the Confederate flag an icon of service, sacrifice, and heritage – other people did.
But given that the flag represents an actual attack on the United States of America – the Civil War – and has been used by white supremacists, including the KKK, and others to subordinate, discriminate against, and attack Black people and other minorities, it’s hard to see how splitting hairs makes the former South Carolina governor any better.
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