Trump picks Nikki Haley as UN ambassador, so he must not be sexist or racist at all
After meeting with people for over a week, the Trump team is finally starting to make some more decisions about his cabinet and positions within the administration. After picking a white supremacist for a chief strategist last week, the president-elect’s team must have decided it was time to change the tone of the news cycle. And to prove they’re not misogynist racists, Trump picked Nikki Haley to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The South Carolina governor will take over for Samantha Power, the Irish-American author and diplomat who currently holds the position. The U.S. ambassador is a position that has to be approved by the Senate, but Haley will likely pass with flying colors.
She’s a GOP favorite, even though someone who gets the ambassadorship usually has foreign policy experience or at least serves on the National Security Council — but everyone in the Trump administration seems to be winging it, so let’s just hope Haley’s a quick study. Trump said in a statement, “Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country.” For Trump, politics is just like business.
He added, “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”
Haley’s parents are from Amritsar, India, and she was South Carolina’s first female and first minority governor, so this is a good pick for Trump to prove to everyone that he doesn’t mind minorities and women as long as they now how to make a deal. And that he’s willing to let GOP advisors appoint people he doesn’t like. During the campaign, Haley gave Trump some shit for his “tone” and for not disavowing the KKK and David Duke. She also stumped for Marco Rubio during the primaries.
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter, will take over for Haley if she’s approved, so there’s also that.
Last year, Haley gave the official Republican State of the Union rebuttal and attacked Trump, saying, “Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume.”
In response, Trump attacked her on her immigration stances. “She’s very, very weak on illegal immigration,” Mr. Trump said. “She’s very, very weak on illegal immigration. You can’t have that.”
At the time, Haley said, “If we have citizens who are law-abiding, who love our traditions, who do everything to be productive citizens in America, they should feel welcome in this country. The reason this country is so great is because the fabric of this country was made by immigrants, and its legal immigrants.” Her stance is actually semi-moderate, but still not exactly the foundation for an open door policy. Haley is also anti-Black Lives Matter, and she did little to quell fears in South Carolina about accepting Syrian refugees last year, even though the state had not resettled any of them. She’s a good reminder that people often vote against themselves.
Now that Trump has basically catered to the GOP establishment by giving Haley a job, it might be time for Trump supporters to be a little nervous, too. Just for different reasons.