|Nikki Haley, Obama's Useful Idiot|
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) response to President Obama’s State of the Union address won her praise from the very place she was tasked with criticizing: the White House.
“I have a lot of admiration for the governor,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “I think some of the things she has done over the last year are remarkable.”
Haley’s response to Obama’s annual address was unusual in that it took a veiled shot at her own party’s presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.
“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” she said. “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.”
Those comments echoed Obama’s speech, in which he rejected Trump’s doom-and-gloom message. Obama said at times of great change, America has never given in to “those who told us to fear the future” or promised “to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control.”
“She was willing to do something a lot of other leading Republicans have been unwilling to do, which is to actually articulate a commitment for American values that some leading Republican presidential candidates are speaking out against," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday. “Her willingness to stand up and speak out against that took some courage and was it rather conspicuous.”
But they also raised the ire of many on the right, including conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who said the governor — the child of Indian immigrants — should be “deported” for her remarks.
Trump himself took a shot at Haley, who admitted in a Wednesday morning interview her comments were aimed at the billionaire real estate mogul.
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