Saturday, November 26, 2016
Nikki Haley is a flip flopper too
From Wa Post
Since she became the first female minority governor of South Carolina six years ago, Nikki Haley has been on the shortlist of Republican state officials with possible national futures.
But few of those GOP operatives could have expected Haley's ascension to work out this way: She will be joining the administration of a politician she once said is “everything a governor doesn't want in a president.”
President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate her to be his ambassador to the United Nations, one of the most senior and high-profile foreign policy positions in the United States. Haley is the first woman and the first minority Trump has chosen for his administration.
The Basics: Governor of South Carolina since 2010, reelected in 2014, term-limited in 2018.
She has made a lot of firsts: She's the first woman to serve as South Carolina's governor. She's also the first Indian American to serve as the state's governor (and only the second in the United States, after Louisiana's Bobby Jindal.) At 44, she's the youngest current governor.
Haley got elected in 2010 as a tea party reformer: But she has since been viewed as part of the GOP establishment. She endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for president. After Rubio dropped out, she endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).
Her relationship with Trump has been contentious: In January, Haley delivered the Republican response to President Obama's final State of the Union address, and, without mentioning Trump by name, appeared to criticize him and his candidacy: “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices.”
In response, Trump said Haley was “weak” on immigration.
A month later, during the South Carolina primary (which Trump won), Haley described Trump as “everything a governor doesn't want in a president.”
Haley did tepidly support Trump in the general election, although she said she was “not a fan.”
Remember this one too, Nikki was endorsed by political loser Sarah Palin as well.