In a clip from an upcoming CBS interview with Norah O’Donnell, Haley said, “You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on.”
Given everything that has come to light about Trump and Ukraine, and with public hearings set for next week, Haley’s comments are ridiculously dismissive. Haley continued in her bizarre attempt to defend Trump and dismiss his impending impeachment by questioning why the American people aren’t involved in the decision.
“I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this,” Haley said. “Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?”
Is this former Trump administration official and governor of South Carolina suffering from amnesia? Or did she somehow make it to the highest ranks of government without realizing the Constitution says it is precisely the job of Congress to impeach?
Or could it be that Haley is playing political chess and auditioning for the role of Trump’s new vice president, or even eyeing the Oval Office? Putting aside the fact that she does have a book to promote, this would answer why she is coming out of the woodwork now to defend the President during what is arguably the greatest crisis of his presidency.
Nikki Haley may have done the political math and knows her calculations.
Perhaps the real zinger from Haley’s interview is when she compared the possible impeachment of Trump to the death penalty.
“Impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official,” Haley said to O’Donnell. “When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the President.”
This outrageous comparison really takes the cake. Impeaching Trump is holding him accountable for his alleged crimes. It is nothing like the death penalty. And coming from a former governor and ambassador to the UN, to compare the death penalty to impeachment reveals Haley’s total lack of empathy.
Singer John Legend took to Twitter to respond to Haley precisely on that point.
Legend said Haley seemed like a “bright person” before continuing to call her out.
Legend is right and he hit the nail on the head, especially when he stated that Haley is a very bright person. Just look at her professional resume.
But that resume reflects that Haley has no problem taking a role that, under a Trump administration, is just for show.
Even in the off-chance that Haley accepted the position believing she might be able to genuinely do some good work at the United Nations, doesn’t everybody know that when it comes to Trump, it’s his way or the highway?
And perhaps that is what is most disturbing about Haley’s interview and her choosing to reappear in the political arena right now: It makes me think that the problem with American politics isn’t Trump, but people like Nikki Haley who enable him and his culture of corruption.