Rebuttal Misfire: Haley Takes Shot at Trump

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the unmistakable gleam of political ambition in her eyes, chose to do the establishment’s bidding in her State of the Union rebuttal speech. “There’s a tendency to falsely equate noise with results,” Haley said Tuesday night. “Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true.”

Why, whoever might she be talking about? Which Democrat was she taking a subtle jab at in this important election year?

“Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk,” Haley said Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today Show. On CNN, she hedged, telling Don Lemon that her remarks were aimed not just at Trump, but “a lot of people.”

“You know, a lot of what I was talking about is just that we’ve seen across our country – if you look at Ferguson and Baltimore – we are seeing that people have to be loud, they have to be angry, to have their voices heard,” Haley said.

So, let’s put this together. Donald Trump, by running an electrifying campaign that has generated real excitement in the electorate for the first time in ages, is comparable to the morons who burned down their own neighborhoods on behalf of violent criminals? You have to almost give her the benefit of the doubt on this one, because there’s no way someone can be this foolish and still be a conservative.

The establishment is scared to death that Trump is going to forever ruin the Republican Party. What they don’t seem to get is that they are the engineers of their own destruction. Trump is talking about illegal immigration while the rest of the party is talking about…Donald Trump! Trump is talking about Islamic terrorism while the rest of the party is talking about…Donald Trump! But it’s not just that they’re talking about him – that would be unavoidable given his outsized presence in the campaign – it’s that they sound exactly like Democrats when they talk about him.

Speaking of which, look who gave Haley’s speech a glowing review: none other than White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. “I have a lot of admiration for the governor,” he said. “By no means am I trying to endorse everything she is doing, but I do think that a lot of this, including parts of the speech last night, were admirable.”

By throwing that line in, Haley ensured that the media coverage of the Republican rebuttal would be solely focused on Donald Trump. At a time when all eyes should be on defeating the Democrats, the party is more concerned about what the liberal media thinks of the leading Republican candidate.