Nikki Haley‘s response to Dylann Roof shooting up a church in the state that she governs and killing nine people hasn’t always been perfect. In fact, it’s been cringeworthy at times, but she deserves credit from supporters for eventually removing the Confederate flag from state grounds and denouncing its use altogether. She has a history of coming around on issues and then really hitting them hard. For evidence of that, look no further than her fearless takedown of Donald Trump during her response to President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address this year.
Here’s what she said about Trump’s talking points to Charleston’s Post and Courier:
I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen.
She went on to say that Trump has a responsibility to use “a civil, respectful tone” in his speeches and campaign process.
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