The results in Nevada are embarrassing for Nikki Haley, who concentrates her efforts in South Carolina for the upcoming primaries later this month. Haley doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, despite polls showing she stands no chance against former president and current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. But Haley now seems to be going too far with her public appearances.
Haley criticizes the proposed border bill and slams Republican officials
On Monday, just a day before the Nevada primaries that turned into a total fiasco, Haley joined Fox News’s Neil Cavuto to discuss a range of issues, including the bipartisan border deal before the U.S. Senate. The border bill, which appears headed for failure as GOP opposition grows, has made Haley publicly criticize her fellow Republicans and attack Donald Trump for supporting such a scenario. Cavuto asked Haley for her views on the whole situation with the proposed Senate border bill.
“You know, Donald Trump has famously said that Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. We’re going to have Senator Lankford with us shortly, who’s amazed at the response it’s getting and wondering if maybe that could be because Republicans, might feel that they’re in a better position not to have something like this, that it could help Joe Biden. It wouldn’t help them. How are you on this?” he asked.
“There’s two things going on here, and we have to speak hard truths. First of all, everybody’s tired of a do-nothing Congress. I mean, can they do anything?” Haley replied. “Because we’ve seen nothing out of Republicans or Democrats. They have an inability to get anything done. The second thing is you can’t have Trump sitting there saying, don’t do anything until the election. We have a completely open border.”
Haley said the border crisis reminds her of 9/11
Haley then continued that the US is behaving as if it’s the day before 9/11 and reminded everyone about the feelings the day after. She said that just one individual crossing the border could lead to another tragedy like 9/11, adding that it’s crucial for America to solve this problem as soon as possible. Then she called all lawmakers to work non-stop until they figure out a permanent solution that will be beneficial for the country before comparing the current border crisis with 9/11.
Cavuto then asked Haley if the proposed bill was good enough and if she agreed with everything included in it. Then Cavuto asked Haley directly if it was better to take the bill as is or nothing.
“Well, I think first of all, we do know what Congress does when they pass something. Then they wipe their hands and say, we already did that. If they’re going to do this, they need to do it right. The one part I like about this bill is I like that it strengthens the asylum requirements. That’s very important. We haven’t had that and we need that,” Haley responded.
“The part that I don’t like about the bill doesn’t require remain in Mexico, which is very important in keeping them from coming on U.S. soil in the first place. And I don’t like the 5,000 limit. We don’t want anybody to come, and we can’t say only when 5,000 people have crossed the border. They need to stay there,” she added.
“They need to figure this out. They need to adjust it, amend it in any way that they can. And they should not leave D.C. until they get us a border bill. And no, we are not waiting until the general election to do this. And it’s irresponsible to say that Congress has to wait until a general election, because Trump is worried that he’s going to lose. There’s a lot of reasons we got to worry Trump’s going to lose, but you don’t sacrifice national security to do it,” Haley concluded.
Despite Haley’s opinion on the proposed border bill, it’s weird to see her directly attacking and criticizing Republican officials in a situation where she needs support to improve her status among potential voters.