Discussion: Nikki Haley Dismisses SOTU Response Backlash: 'I Stand By What I Believe'

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“When you’ve got immigrants who are coming here legally, we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now,” she said while speaking to reporters in South Carolina. “We’ve gone too far than to go back into a race and religion issue. I’ve been through those fights. That’s not worth it.”

A history major she is not.


“…we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion.”

She might want to ask the Irish immigrants. Or the Chinese immigrants. Or, you know, the Africans who were ripped from their homes to serve Ol’ Dixie.

But hey, other than that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?


Weird that the bit she said about emigration has become the story while the rest of the BS in her speech is forgotten.


I think Nikki used to be a ventriloquist before going into politics. She barely opens he mouth when she talks.

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Short on memory, too. Jeb Bush passed Common Core?

I’m afraid Governor Haley is done, over, finished. It’s not like she couldn’t have predicted it.

I personally didnt watch for two reasons: I was on a high after the President’s SOU and the other I really wasn;t interested enough


Because the media only cares about complaints from the right.


Unfortunately for Nikki, she stands by a political party that does not in any way share her belief. There is a party that does, but she refuses to contemplate that the Democratic Party probably makes a lot more sense for her.


Sheesh! She certainly doesn’t understand the history of the US especially the South. And unfortunately, the issues race and religion beliefs are still problems that need to be addressed. Saying she’s been through those fights and it’s not worth makes her very unqualified to be VP. What alternative universe do Republicans like her live in?


Of course, no conservatives (nor the media for that matter) had any comments about her whitewashing of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre or the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds. The fact that there were no protests is because the perpetrator was apprehended and charged, juxtaposed with the deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement personnel with no consequences. She neglected those little details when she slammed BLM. She also presented the events as if she acted swiftly to remove the “symbol of discourse”, when she actually didn’t until the direction of the political winds was blatantly clear. Her first public comments were of “thoughts and prayers” and refusing to consider removing the flag.

Haley being on the eventual GOP ticket as a female minority VP candidate will not help them garner votes. She does have a record to examine. And the fact that she got through her SOTU response without shooting herself in the foot is not really anything to applaud, given how low the bar had been set by previous SOTU GOP responders.


When you’ve got immigrants who are coming here legally, we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now

And there’s the problem with teaching a sanitized version of US History – we end up thinking that we are better than everyone else and don’t need to make any changes to stay that way.


I predicted anything vaguely reasonable that Haley said would be attacked by her own party. See, only wingnuts are greeted as leaders in the GOP now.

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I may be in the minority, but I was delightfully surprised by a few things she said in her response, namely the parts where she suggested the GOP was also responsible for negative aspects of our nation’s political and humanitarian sides, and the thinly veiled slamming of Trump and Cruz so-called patriotic BS. Perhaps if she studies hard domestic and foreign policy, she will eventually turn “left.” Who knows; she obviously didn’t crawl to GOP leaders, including Ryan, to get her talking points. Ryan had to come out with another response today simply because Haley’s was not hateful enough. Love it!

I was actually a bit pleased, in a small way. Not so much that I agree with much of what she said on the whole, or will all of a sudden start seeing the Republican party in a more positive light. But the mere fact that she didn’t foam at the mouth and barf herself silly with insane fringe vitriol was a small relief. She stumbled over a very low bar… but over it nonetheless.

It could have been a lot worse. Golf clap.


Nice try GOP at taming the rabble and rabble rousers now in charge of your party. You’ve spent 30+ years making mean, inhumane, hateful policies sound nice with spin and code words while deluding the more rabid part of your base into thinking you would actually deliver on them. Now they don’t believe or accept anything your two-faced politicians say, especially the few like Nikki Kama Sutra who don’t even look like them. Karma sucks don’t it?

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She may not be the bug-eyed, spittle-flecked freak that Michele Bachmann or Steve King are, but Haley is still an ignorant dimwit.


Still a definite false equivalency. The main level of responsibility Democrats have for the amount of damage done by the austerity measures that happened, was due to being willing to compromise with a large contingent of a party that were willing to let the country default on our debt, and they compromised in order to make sure any sort of global economy would continue to exist. And the media willingly goes along with letting those “minor details” go down the memory hole. :expressionless:

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Found this article, where the White House praised the part of Haley’s speech where she denounced some of the current extremism of her party:

Think this might affect her odds of getting the VP nod? :wink: