President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Despite being an outspoken critic during Trump’s campaign — having vocally backed rival Marco Rubio in the primary — Haley is now poised to be the Trump administration’s first female Cabinet-level official.
We might tout her as a proven, capable leader who happens to be a woman of color.
As Fox News reports:“Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said in a statement. “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
Born in South Carolina and of Indian descent, Haley is the second Asian-American to serve as U.S. governor, following ex-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations,” Haley said.Haley drew praise for her handling of the aftermath of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting in Charleston, which stirred racial tensions after nine black parishioners were gunned down by an accused white shooter who allegedly wanted to start a race war. She also presided over the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds.
In January, Haley, who was beginning to earn buzz as a possible vice presidential pick, delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. Parts of her speech, however, were viewed as a rebuke not only of Obama, but also of Trump.
“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” Haley 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.”Early in the Republican primary, Haley campaigned for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before going on to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Though she never appeared to totally warm to the eventual GOP nominee, she did say she would vote for Trump.
“This is no longer a choice for me on personalities because I’m not a fan of either one,” Haley said in October. “What it is about is policy.”
“She’s done a good job as governor of South Carolina,” Graham told the News & Observer. “She’s talented, capable and would do a good job in any assignment given to her.”
The potential addition of Haley to Trump’s team — she must first be confirmed by the Senate — highlights a series of diverse candidates that Trump has considered for various cabinet spots. Dr. Ben Carson said he had been offered the position of Housing and Urban Development secretary and Trump has also met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi.
Gabbard and former diplomat Ric Grenell had been rumored to be among the candidates for the UN ambassador job.
Trump’s choice of Sen. Haley is notable not just for the diversity it represents for this man liberals are hysterically calling “racist” and “sexist.” It is an example of what appears to be Trump’s intention to build a team that includes not just staunch loyalists, but also those who have been willing to challenge him — and even very publicly. A “team of rivals” of sorts, for which Abraham Lincoln became known.
No doubt liberal naysayers will find reasons to diminish the likes of Haley, even attacking and/or diminishing her femaleness and Indian descent, given that she’s not just a Republican, but now a potential member of a Trump administration.
They are already pointing to her “lack of experience” and “qualifications” — rich, isn’t it, from the people who elected a community organizer to the presidency twice and wanted us to vote for a woman mostly because she was … a woman?
And in other news, at least one other liberal might be upset for an entirely different reason:
RUMOR: Elizabeth Warren is furious with Nikki Haley because she wanted to be the first Indian ambassador to the U.N. SAD!
— Deplorable Vet ?? (@KGBVeteran) November 23, 2016
Ha! (And yes, we know Sen. Haley’s Indian descent is different from Sen. Warren’s — and not just that one of them is entirely made up.)
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]