As a friend and ally to President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley has the unfortunate experience of continually being publicly smeared by the Democratic left. Has she done anything wrong? No. Well, unless you consider supporting Trump wrong, which a great many on the left do.
So I guess it’s a good thing she knows how to give as good as she gets and stand up for herself and the truth.
And this week, she did such an excellent job of defending that truth that some liberals even took their jabs at her.
She recently participated in an interview with conservative commentator Glenn Beck, where she discussed the 2015 massacre of 12 black congregation members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
As the former governor of the state, Haley has invaluable insight into the event and those that took place immediately afterward.
The gunman, a white supremacist named Dylann Roof, had made it clear in his manifesto and social media images that he believed in the Confederate and thought it should have won. He had posed with the Confederate flag in at least one photo posted.
Haley said of the incident, “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and had just hijacked everything that people thought of.” She continued, “People saw it as a service and sacrifice and heritage, but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it.”
What she is talking about here is how some people, primarily those who live in the American South, think of the Confederate flag. The context she states is obvious. This, while being a symbol of revolt against the United States and the Constitution, has, in the past, meant something much more to some Americans. She is not endorsing this thought pattern or behavior. She is merely describing how she knows some may feel about the flag and how this one act by a deranged gunman has changed all of that.
But, of course, the deranged left found a way to make her statements into something to throw back in her face.
Researcher Jason Campbell of Media Matters quickly attacked her, saying, “Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag was about “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until Dylann Roof “hijacked” it.”
Clearly, that is not what she said or what she meant. That didn’t stop the liberally backed media from jumping all over it.
For example, Rolling Stone rhetorically asked of the interview, “Who needs history when you can just make s– up?” And they helped to prove their point by including the Media Matters tweet by Campbell.
However, Haley wasn’t about to sit idly by and let them get away with this.
So she took to social media as well, calling out the “outrage peddlers in the liberal media.”
She wrote, “1/2 Sad that outrage media has gone crazy about my recent intv with Glenn Beck. What I said was accurate. Many in South Carolina did see the confederate flag as symbolizing heritage, and many others saw it as symbolling hate. That’s why it was such a difficult issue for so long.”
But she continued, really raining down on them by mentioning she helped to have the flag removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds during her time as governor.
“2/2 I am proud of our state for coming together to remove the flag from our statehouse. If the outrage peddlers in the liberal media are really interested in my views on the flag, instead of distorting them, they should read the first 2 chapters of my book.”
After her strong defense, many supporters came to back her up, which caused at least one news outlet to have a change of heart on the issue and update their story to reflect that.
Axios wrote, “We’ve deleted a tweet saying Nikki Haley said the Confederate flag represents “service, sacrifice, and heritage.” Our story has been updated to reflect that Haley said: “People saw (the flag) as service, and sacrifice and heritage.”
Naturally, the original contributor and distorter, who is backed by known liberal George Soros, has been silent since Haley’s well-backed response.
I think this Twitter user said it best.
“If you’re a journalist and you genuinely don’t understand why a huge chunk of the country doesn’t trust or believe your industry, take a look at all of your colleagues sharing a completely false narrative of @NikkiHaley’s remarks from Media Matters…that’s why.”