Alternet - February 12, 2021
Did former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley just lie?
"At the time, I didn't think that was dangerous," Haley told POLITICO Magazine's Tim Alberta in a wide-ranging profile published Friday.
Haley, the Republican former Governor of South Carolina who oversaw the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse after the Charleston church massacre that left nine Black Americans in a Bible study group at the historic "Mother Emanuel" African Methodist Episcopal Church slaughtered, was talking about "the big lie," then- President Trump's lie that the election was stolen from him, that he actually won re-election.
"I didn't think that there was anything to fear about him," Haley continued.
"There was nothing to fear about him when I worked for him. I mean, he may have been brash. He may have been blunt. But he was someone who cared about the country. … I still stand by that. I don't think we should ever apologize for the policies that we fought for and the things that we did during his four years."
"What's happened to him"? Really? What about what's happened to the nation because of him? What about the seven or more people who died as a result of the January 6 insurrection he caused? The 140 injured Capitol police officers? What about what happened to American democracy?
Haley repeated these sentiments over the course of a two-hour conversation: "Never did I think he would spiral out like this. … I don't feel like I know who he is anymore. … The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election."
She didn't think his lies were dangerous?
She didn't think there was anything to fear about him?
Washington Post senior political reporter Aaron Blake points to a June, 2016 Post article titled, "S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley warns that Trump's rhetoric could lead to violent tragedy."
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