Nikki Haley received some tough words from Republicans last night after her GOP response to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. She called them out for what they have done, just like Obama called out Democrats and Republicans.
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In her 9-minute remarks, she did place some of the blame on the Republican party, calling them "the angriest voices" in the crowd.
“We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America’s leadership,” she said of Republicans. “We need to accept that we’ve played a role in how and why our government is broken, and then we need to fix it. … Today we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. 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.”
Her words angered some conservatives like Ann Coulter, who tweeted out that "Trump should deport Nikki Haley." However, Haley is standing by her words and not backing down on her claims.
“I respect all of those people and understand their opinion, but I disagree,” she said on the Today show. “I think that a lot of what we’re trying to do is say those angriest voices are not helpful. If we have citizens who are law-abiding, who love our traditions, who do everything to be productive citizens in America, they should be welcome in this country.”
Haley did clarify that she doesn't support illegal immigration, but went on to stress that we need to be "more inclusive" as America is a country of immigrants, according to CNN.
Haley went on to clarify that she does not support illegal immigration, but noted that Republicans and Democrats should be “more inclusive” and understand that America is a country of immigrants.
She also took on Donald Trump, calling him one of those "angriest voices." She said: “He was one of them. There’s other people in the media. There’s people in my state. I think we’re seeing it across the country, but yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”
However, Haley's words also received praise from a lot of Republicans, including Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, who has shown that he is willing to work with Democrats.
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As for Trump, 69, the billionaire didn’t publicly react to Haley’s speech. He did, however, diss President Obama, tweeting, “The State Of The Union speech was one of the most boring, rambling and non-substantive I have heard in a long time. New leadership fast!”