Did Anyone Else Hate Nikki Haley’s Response to… Donald Trump? Ted Cruz?

The speech above was purported to be a response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union message.


I only bothered to listen to the speech because my Facebook feed yesterday was full of attacks on Ann Coulter for the tweets about Haley’s speech. While I didn’t bother to find out what Coulter wrote (because I don’t really care), I did get curious about Haley’s speech.

And, for the record, I have heard nothing but good things about Haley. I certainly liked her more than Trump and, in some ways I still do.

But she didn’t just attack Trump (and probably Cruz) but she attacked Republican and other voters.

Thus, Newser.com: “Haley Takes Swipe at Trump, Too, in GOP Response.”

Donald Trump is managing to again grab headlines, though his name was neither uttered by President Obama nor South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who gave the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address. The American-born daughter of Indian immigrants gave what Politico describes as a “not-so-subtle rebuke of Donald Trump’s fiery immigration rhetoric,” saying: “Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”

But everyone can say that they will welcome the right kind of immigrants. Donald Trump only proposed a temporary ban, and even Rupert Murdoch said it was an intelligent suggestion.

She went on to say more that was even more bullying and shaming (or was intended to be; the Republican establishment has no idea how clueless they are about winning hearts and minds in any country).

She said,

This past summer, South Carolina was dealt a tragic blow. On an otherwise ordinary Wednesday evening in June, at the historic Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, twelve faithful men and women, young and old, went to Bible study.

That night, someone new joined them. He didn’t look like them, didn’t act like them, didn’t sound like them. They didn’t throw him out. They didn’t call the police. Instead, they pulled up a chair and prayed with him. For an hour.

We lost nine incredible souls that night.

What happened after the tragedy is worth pausing to think about.

By this time it was obvious to me that Haley was robotically reading from a teleprompter. So it was somewhat irritating to hear her follow the script and tell us to pause and think. Follow the instructions yourself, Haley!

Because, if she did, she would realized that her description of the Christians welcoming a shooter into their midst is a great story for Trump’s positions but not for hers. If words mean things she just told Americans that she wants to let in immigrants and a few Americans being killed by terrorists or ordinary criminals is an acceptable price for our being virtuous.

Why not? As a state governor with Presidential ambitions, she’ll probably never want for security. And a few more American deaths will underscore Haley’s cheerleading for the domestic and imperial ambitions that are justified as “the war on terror.” That cheerleading was quite thick in the speech.

She went on:

Our state was struck with shock, pain, and fear. But our people would not allow hate to win. We didn’t have violence, we had vigils. We didn’t have riots, we had hugs.

We didn’t turn against each other’s race or religion. We turned toward God, and to the values that have long made our country the freest and greatest in the world.

We removed a symbol that was being used to divide us, and we found a strength that united us against a domestic terrorist and the hate that filled him.

There’s an important lesson in this. In many parts of society today, whether in popular culture, academia, the media, or politics, there’s a tendency to falsely equate noise with results.

Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.

First of all, the only reason they got rid of the Confederate flag was that people refused to “turn down the volume.” Secondly, the country is still divided. One side of the divide was defeated by the other side. Haley is papering over the division with rhetoric to make this seem like a move toward unity. Agree or disagree with the removal of the Confederatd Flag, her portrayal is nonsense. And it did nothing to address the crime that it was purported to deal with.

Thirdly, Nikki Haley just told voters to shut up if they are worried about immigration. There is no other way to interpret “turn down the volume.” Right or wrong, Trump is just expressing the concerns of many. Haley doesn’t want those opinions to be voiced, and finds a way to tell people to “shut up,” that pretends to be a plea for listening.

This was a really enraging speech. I’d mention other reasons it was bad, but this post is already too long.