South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley gave her GOP address following President Obama’s final State of the Union address Tuesday. She made some criticisms that were directed at GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
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.
Governor Haley said she is the daughter of Indian immigrants, and that the U.S. must welcome ‘properly vetted legal immigrants.’
I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me everyday how blessed we were to live in this country. We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
On NBC’s Today Show, Governor Haley told Matt Lauer that she was referring to Donald Trump in her remarks.
He was one of them, yes. He was one. 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.
Mr. Trump criticized the South Carolina governor’s stance on immigration on Fox & Friends.
Well, I respond a couple of ways. Number one, she’s very weak on illegal immigration and, you know, I’ve known that for a long time. But she’s weak on illegal immigration. And she certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions. Because over the years she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions.
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