Nikki Haley: Trump Has One of the 'Angriest Voices' This Election
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the Republican response to the State Of The Union on Wednesday night where she warned people not to follow "the angriest voices."
"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation," she said.
On Wednesday morning, she appeared on the Today and confirmed that Donald Trump's is among those voices.
“He was one of them, yes," she said. "There's other people in the media, there's people in my state. I think we're seeing it across the country. But yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk."
Trump fired back on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning saying she is not “off to a good start” if she wants to be considered his potential running mate.
“Well, considering I'm leading in the polls by a lot, I wouldn't say she's off to a good start," Trump said. "Whoever I pick is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration."
He added: “She's very weak on illegal immigration. I feel very strongly about immigration. She doesn't."
In her speech, Haley said: “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”
Haley's parents are immigrants from India and conservative commentator Ann Coulter blasted her, tweeting:
Trump should deport Nikki Haley.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 13, 2016
President Obama also took a not-so-subtle swipe at Trump during the State of the Union address, saying: “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.”
He also added: “All the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on earth. Period. It's not even close.”
He never mentioned Trump by name but used the final State of the Union speech of his presidency to blast the Republican frontrunner's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
“When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn't make us safer. That's not telling it like it is. It's just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world,” he said.
Trump shrugged it off, tweeting:
The State Of The Union speech was one of the most boring, rambling and non-substantive I have heard in a long time. New leadership fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016