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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Spurns Trump And Throws His Hateful Rhetoric Back In His Face



Even the inner workings of Washington seemed surprised last week when Nikki Haley announced that she would be resigning from her position within the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations. Unlike most of the gazillion other high-profile resignations that Trump has weathered in his less than two years in office, Haley’s departure was not hostile – not openly, at least. Many Trump resignations have resembled a large dog tumbling out of a tree house and landing on the ground head-first which made Haley’s announcement seem remarkably considered, civilized and mature.

Speculation has been rife about why she did what she did, particularly with regards to the timing. Some have posited that she is positioning herself to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, though that seems somewhat unlikely given how amicable they have appeared. Perhaps it’s more likely, then, that Trump is setting her up to be his running mate at the next election. Who knows? The months leading up to these things are always jam-packed full of exciting (and terrifying) prospects, and it’s near-impossible to predict which of them, if any, will actually come through. Five years ago, who on Earth would have predicted President Trump?

If Trump did have any plans for Haley, she just threw him a massive curveball that will have certainly caught him off-guard. If she is planning to challenge him, then she just fired the starting pistol on what promises to be a long, arduous and incredibly painful battle for the soul of the Republican party. Things are getting serious, people. As if Trump didn’t have enough to worry about with the midterms coming up – who would have thought we would be cheering on Nikki Haley?!

Haley’s evening speech at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner was inconscpicuous for the most part, generally constituting of generic gentle satire and some light rifting of Elizabeth Warren. Nothing too remarkable. Concealed deep within it, though, was a potentially explosive statement that will – no doubt here – trigger Trump massively.

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To understand this, you have to know that Haley has been a reliable pro-Trump voice ever since her appointment. Contrary to many of her colleagues who are often extremely unreliable in toeing the party line, Haley always knows exactly what to say and can be trusted to back up the President at all costs. It’s also important to bear Trump’s rhetoric in mind; he slams people all the time using markedy un-Presidential terms – “evil” is a favorite of his. For instance, very recently, he called Kavanaugh opposers “people who are evil”. (He just has a way with words, doesn’t he?)

Haley said: “In our toxic political life, I’ve heard some people in both parties describe their opponents as enemies or evil. In America, our political opponents are not evil.”

Guys, this is big. Not only is that statement a direct contradiction of what Trump has repeatedly said, but it is also a moral-high-ground condemnation of his persona. A direct criticism, but subtle enough that if Trump responds in his usual Trump-ish manner, it’ll look like a massive overreaction. This was premeditated, carefully planned. It’s the start of something big.

Here’s to the GOP tearing itself apart at the seams and the Dems quietly rising to power.





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