On Tuesday, CNN anchor Jake Tapper noted that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign has already exposed a “very ugly side of the left.” It’s not like this is the first time such a side of the overall leftist personality has been put on public display, Mr. Tapper. It’s just that things are getting so vicious on the liberal side that you can’t ignore it anymore without drawing criticism yourself.
New York Times writer Wajahat Ali, a liberal pundit, has launched attack after attack on Haley, going after her name and her race. Which, you know, should be a strategy that flies in the face of the very principles that the progressives hold dear, but it seems to be perfectly fine to be a bigot so long as the people you attack are conservatives.
Ali has accused Haley of using her “brown skin to launder” white supremacy.
“She uses her brown skin as a weapon against poor black folks and poor brown folks, and she uses her brown skin to launder white supremacist talking points,” he stated during an appearance on MSNBC. “And the reason why I feel sad is because no matter what she does, maybe, it’ll never be enough. They’ll never love her.”
According to TheBlaze, Haley’s also being slammed for using her middle name, “Nikki,” instead of her full birth name, which is Nimarata. Ali himself has emphasized that point over and over again, often misspelling the name as “Nimrata.”
Tapper then pointed out that the same individuals who were angry over folks emphasizing Barack Obama’s middle name are now using Haley’s Indian heritage against her. Again, it’s always acceptable for the radical left to violate their own principles, so long as they are doing so against a Republican. That in and of itself, though hypocrisy at its finest, has become one of their principles.
“These are the same people who objected to whenever Republicans would say Barack Hussein Obama,” he stated during a broadcast. “I mean, there is a very ugly sign of the left that comes out when Nikki Haley runs for office.”
Tapper’s guests were in agreement with the host.
“Yes, I think that it’s a gift to Haley’s nascent campaign for her to be able to jump on these dumb remarks,” conservative commentator Ramesh Ponnuru stated during the program, “that just play into her hands and say, ‘Look, they’re going after me based on my race. They can’t handle my ideas. They can’t handle the fact that I’m a skilled politician.'”
Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist weighed in saying, “I think the fact that she got to be the governor of South Carolina with brown skin is a very impressive accomplishment, and I don’t think it’s something people ought to be attacking or ridiculing her about. Let’s just take her based on her ideas. And I might not like them as a Democrat, Republicans might, but I think it’s a terrible thing to say about her.”
Tapper then accurately referred to the attacks on Haley’s race as being “in-kind contributions,” referring to non-monetary contributions that will ultimately benefit the former governor’s presidential campaign.
“Ali responded to the criticism by bemoaning that there was no critical pushback on some of Haley’s previous positions. However, what Ali himself missed is that his comments making light of Haley’s heritage were also not a critical engagement of the substance of Haley’s politics. And that was the exact point on which the bipartisan CNN panel agreed,” TheBlaze concluded.
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