Nikki Haley announced her presidential bid on Tuesday. This long-expected announcemet was a revelation to political reporters who were giddy with excitement. Evidently Haley is a fascinating conundrum, and a puzzle to be solved.
Amy Walter has a piece today at the Cook Political Report
Enter former South Carolina governor and U.N. Secretary Nikki Haley, who announced her bid for the White House on Wednesday in sunny and warm downtown Charleston. Her message was more “happy warrior” than “culture warrior.” “We are ready to move past stale ideas and faded names of the past,” she said. “And more than ready for a new generation to lead us into the future.”
Here’s the thing, though: Despite her decrying of “the stale ideas…of the past”, Haley’s political positions are the same as TFG’s:
Hannity asks Nikki Haley where she and Trump differ on issues. HALEY CAN'T NAME A SINGLE THING. pic.twitter.com/508uHyB7k6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2023
And despite Walter’s characterization of Haley’s message as less “culture warrior”, this is how Haley announced her candidacy:
Nikki Haley begins her presidential campaign launch speech by saying, "Pastor Hagee, I still say I want to be you when I grow up" pic.twitter.com/EQUu0Me4gb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 15, 2023
Let me refresh your memory about John Hagee:
Nikki Haley kicked off her presidential bid by having right-wing pastor John Hagee deliver the opening prayer at her first campaign rally. Here is Hagee ranting that the "Supreme Court has made America the new Sodom and Gomorrah" after marriage equality was legalized in 2015. https://t.co/HXals89dhQ pic.twitter.com/DrnWCogAmV
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) February 15, 2023
So much for Haley not being a culture warrior. Oh and Hagee and TFG are buds, so so much for rejecting “the faded names of the past”.
Haley may not be the same loudmouth that TFG is, but she’s still from the same mold. Here she is happily hanging out with white supremacists:
Nikki Haley: "One side of the Civil War was fighting for tradition and one side was fighting for change." https://t.co/7mdExPQmE5
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 15, 2023
Nikki Haley isn’t someone who is going to save the Republican Party from itself. She’s a self-serving weasel who is only concerned with gaining power (and let’s be clear about this: she’s running for vice president, not president). More importantly, she’s not merely aping TFG’s talking points—she has a history of being cool with all kinds of bigotry and hate. She’s just another symptom of the GOP’s disease, not its savior.
I’ll end my unusually pithy week with this: