The Republican GOP frontrunner and personified YouTube comment section Donald Trump has hit back at Nikki Haley after her thinly veiled toss of shade in Trump’s direction. Haley, the South Carolina Governor who spoke as the Republican State of the Union response Tuesday night used her time to, like the president had in his STOU address, make a subtle nod to Trump’s volatile rhetoric:
“No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country,” she said. Much in the vein of the POTUS had promised multiple times before, and during his STOU address. She went on, also speaking like President Obama, to take a quick jab at Donald Trump and pleaded those in her party to not “follow the siren call of the angriest voices.”
Haley appeared on NBC’s TODAY the following morning to address the curiosities. She confirmed she was referencing him, saying “Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”
But in classic Trump form he did not take formidable offense. In fact he insisted that Haley actually is quite fond of him. In the last Republican debate when confronted with Jeb Bush’s negative opinions of Trump, Trump claimed Jeb “Didn’t mean that” and then proceeded to insult him. Trump took the same route with Haley:
“She certainly has no problem asking me for campaign contributions, because over the years, she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions,” he said. “So perhaps if I weren’t running she’d be in my office asking me for money, but now that I’m running she wants to take a weak side on immigration.”
Donald Trump has promised his loyalty to the Republican party. He’s given his word to not run as an independent if he doesn’t win the candidacy. But with his constant insulting and criticizing of those in his party and now even the one chosen to make the State Of The Union Republican response, it seems unlikely he was being sincere.
When asked by Fox & Friends is he would consider Haley as a possible running mate he firmly denied as he believes she is, “very weak on illegal immigration.” and “Whoever I pick is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration.”