SC Gov. Nikki Haley Linked Trump to a Racist, Psychopathic Killer – and She Was Spot-on

While a lot of people out there try to make excuses for Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to the top of the Republican party, the answers aren’t nearly as convoluted as many try to make them out to be.



Since the day he launched his campaign, Donald Trump has been pandering to the hate, bigotry, racism and ignorance that’s been driving the Republican party for years. For the first time in decades, we’re seeing white supremacist groups openly praising a presidential candidate for one of our nation’s two largest political parties. It shouldn’t be all that surprising considering Trump’s rhetoric and the fact that he’s actually shared racist propaganda created by some of these groups.

Donald Trump has largely relied upon targeting the very same “anger” (aka hateful ignorance) that’s been a staple of southern conservatives since the days of the Civil War. It’s the “anger” of the rural white American who, if they had it their way, would live in a country where everyone was a straight, white Christian. That’s essentially what these folks mean when they say we’re losing “traditional American values.” When they say that, they’re voicing their frustration with the fact that people who aren’t straight, white Christians are finally being treated with the equality that they rightfully deserve as American citizens; equality that, for decades, many of these Trump voters and their ancestors have repeatedly tried to prevent them from having.

Well, on Thursday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley actually made a fantastic point when she compared Trump’s rhetoric to that which motivated murdering racist animal Dylann Roof to slaughter nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston.

“I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen,” Haley said of Trump’s often hateful and divisive propaganda.

Clearly trying to keep from rocking the boat too much, she tried to claim that she doesn’t believe Trump’s supporters are racists or bigots.

“That’s a different kind of anger. They’re upset with Washington, D.C. They’re upset nothing’s got done,” she added. “The way he communicates that, I wish were different.”

No, sorry Gov. Haley, you were fairly spot-on when you compared Trump’s rhetoric to the nauseating and hateful rhetoric that helped motivate and push Roof to gun-down nine innocent people.



Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Trump supporters are racist animals who have it within them to slaughter nine African-Americans inside of a church. What Roof did is a separate issue from why he did it. However, the root of what motivated Dylann Roof also lies within the foundation of why a lot of people, especially white people, support Donald Trump: The vilification of minorities as an “enemy to traditional American values” — aka white, conservative Christian values

It’s the chants to build a wall that will never be built because it’s completely unrealistic; the overwhelming conservative support for deporting 12 million people, ripping apart families while talking about them more like they’re animals than actual human beings; calls to ban Muslims while demonizing an entire religion; and the fact that Trump’s main claim to fame was bring a “birther,” which is an ignorant belief directly tied to racism toward President Obama — it’s all linked to the same sort of ignorance that helped fuel Roof’s murderous rampage.

Again, it all goes back to the mindset of many bigots and racists that minorities shouldn’t be here, they’re no better than animals and they’re a “threat to traditional American values.” And when you push that rhetoric enough, especially as a presidential candidate for one of our nation’s two largest political parties, really bad things can and do happen.

What Donald Trump has done by building his campaign on appealing to the lowest common denominator (aka pandering to racists, bigots and people who are extremely ignorant), is he’s made being these things more acceptable. In turn, that empowers people to feel as if they can act out, sometimes violently, more so than they might have before because a presidential candidate’s rhetoric has now seemingly made it more “acceptable” to do so.

And trust me, if Donald Trump becomes president, we’re going to see a massive spike in hate crimes.

So, while Gov. Haley tried to walk back her comment almost immediately, she really shouldn’t have – because she was right. Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially if he wins in November, is going to bring about more hate-driven incidents of violence, particularly against minorities.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Hillary’s is the ” Psychopathic Killer”. Her policies as Secretary of State and her senatorial vote in support of the Iraq war have led to destruction, the death of hundreds of thousands of people, and massive refugee flows. That’s reality and not a spurned Republican’s opinion.

    Look no further than San Jose yesterday to witness hate, bigotry, racism and ignorance as a female Trump supporter wearing a USA shirt was pelted with eggs by male anti-Trump rioters standing behind a Mexican flag while other anti-Trump rioters did property damage and attacked Trump supporters leaving the Trump rally.

    • NotThatGreg

      Hillary has been asked about that many times. Guess what happened? She answered. She gave an answer. She didn’t try to deny it had happened. She didn’t whine and insult whoever asked the question, and shout about how there should be more limits on what journalists can say. Compare to Trump, when asked about any of his many, many missteps? You can talk about the answer she gave if you like, but you can’t talk about Trump’s answers because, like a spoiled child, he doesn’t seem to think that he should have to give any.

      It’s interesting that you feel ‘her vote’ led to the war. There were others who voted. Others who gave out false information. But I digress…

      The attack against that woman yesterday in San Jose was unconscionable and I hope that the attackers are identified, charged, and sentenced. I was appalled to see the other attacks and the property damage. But their behaviour does not make Trump one whit more fit for public office.

      • strayaway

        Trump has teflon. Hillary doesn’t.

        Yes, you are correct that many others voted to give away their power to declare war to Bush. Voting with Bush was a disqualification. A minority in Congress like Bernie, Kucinich, and Ron Paul weren’t fooled.

        These persistent attacks don’t make Trump one whit more fit for public office. However, a series of similar attacks evinces a pattern and confronts voters with questions like whose side am I on and which side is the more hateful and violent.

        San Jose is a sanctuary city run by and for people who pick and choose which laws to obey like the Bundys and other so called sovereign citizens on the right. The President is no different. Why should we be surprised then to see people waving Mexican flags attacking Americans they disagree with?

      • NotThatGreg

        What is “teflon”?

        Trump has withstood a few months of attacks from a gaggle of GOP opponents, only a few of them serious contenders, and all of them with their hands tied behind their backs by the alternate reality on the GOP debate stage. And even then they did a terrible job. I watched most of those debates.

        To be fair, those opponents didn’t have any idea that his “positions” would be backed by such breathtaking lies and absurd insults. Nobody expected that. Even the media took a long time to come to terms with that. I’ve seen several open discussions about this on the air, “How do we treat a candidate who simply repeats an outright lie to your face, which has already been fully discussed and is known to be a lie? and who keeps interrupting if you try to object?” And guess what, they’ve come up with ways to deal with it. Everyone’s come to terms with this – with the fact that this human, who claims to be a competent, mature adult – “hits back hard” with bare-faced lies, immature taunts, shoolyard nicknames, and absurd National Enquirer covers. And there are ways for actual adult humans to counter that. Believe me! Believe me!

        And on the GOP stage, it was really awkward for his opponents, because they all go out on stage tacitly agreeing to respect the alternate reality bubble that Fox News has constructed. They have little choice (Kasich tried a bit to break out, but gave up). The first rule of liar’s club is you don’t talk about liar’s club.

        This happened in 2012 too – they all talked and acted like they would be running against the Obama portrayed on Fox News, who is so terrible he would be easily defeated. This left the party unprepared for actual reality when the general election came around. In fact it was Trump who broke the rule in this cycle — he pointed out that lies were being told, and that the Iraq invasion was a bad idea, etc. Everyone freaked out and couldn’t handle it. What you do when an obvious liar publicly accuses you of lying? especially when the accusation is true (and the circumstances are basically *requiring* you to be untruthful)? No easy situation to be in.

        It’s astounding how much real damage Fox News has done to the GOP in this way. Example: All the GOP candidates had to promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare” (an improvement; not too many years ago it was just “repeal”. It turns out many voters like not having to go broke for healthcare). Think about this: you are *required* by the situation you are in, to talk about your plan to completely replace something. In reality, it’s – at worst – somewhat broken, but, reality be damned, *you* need to construct an alternative that is clearly *very* *different*, but sounds reasonable to voters. That’s an strange kind of burden, and it’s no wonder that most of the plans sounded like something that Willy Wonka would come up with (the exception being, again, Kasich). Same thing, more or less, for tax plans. “Abolish the IRS!” (Cruz).

        So yeah, Trump may think he’s got teflon, but the GOP primary is just a start. And it wasn’t a real fight because of the above, and because everyone was trying to keep “unity”. And GOP primary voters are not the same as the whole electorate. And bear in mind that Trump got <40% of the primary vote in many early states, and polls showed that very few of the Non-trump voters would have made him their second choice.

        Hillary has withstood *decades* of attack from the right, the great majority of it being completely unfounded. And is still there. She's far from perfect, but she has more experience, ability, and integrity in her little finger than Trump will ever have.

        As someone has noted today (lost the link, sorry), Trump's recent attacks against his judge (in the Trump U case) appear to make him an outright racist – but that may not be true; it could be that he's thought it through, and decided he would rather be *seen* as a racist , than known as a fraud. Because he's run his whole campaign just like Trump U.

      • NotThatGreg

        What is “teflon”?

        Trump has withstood a few months of attacks from a gaggle of GOP opponents, only a few of them serious contenders, and all of them with their hands tied behind their backs by the alternate reality on the GOP debate stage. And even then they did a terrible job. I watched most of those debates.

        To be fair, those opponents didn’t have any idea that his “positions” would be backed by such breathtaking lies and absurd insults. Nobody expected that. Even the media took a long time to come to terms with that. I’ve seen several open discussions about this on the air, “How do we treat a candidate who simply repeats an outright lie to your face, which has already been fully discussed and is known to be a lie? and who keeps interrupting if you try to object?” And guess what, they’ve come up with ways to deal with it. Everyone’s come to terms with this – with the fact that this human, who claims to be a competent, mature adult – “hits back hard” with bare-faced lies, immature taunts, shoolyard nicknames, and absurd National Enquirer covers. And there are ways for actual adult humans to counter that. Believe me! Believe me!

        And on the GOP stage, it was really awkward for his opponents, because they all go out on stage tacitly agreeing to respect the alternate reality bubble that Fox News has constructed. They have little choice (Kasich tried a bit to break out, but gave up). The first rule of liar’s club is you don’t talk about liar’s club.

        This happened in 2012 too – they all talked and acted like they would be running against the Obama portrayed on Fox News, who is so terrible he would be easily defeated. This left the party unprepared for actual reality when the general election came around. In fact it was Trump who broke the rule in this cycle — he pointed out that lies were being told, and that the Iraq invasion was a bad idea, etc. Everyone freaked out and couldn’t handle it. What you do when an obvious liar publicly accuses you of lying? especially when the accusation is true (and the circumstances are basically *requiring* you to be untruthful)? No easy situation to be in.

        It’s astounding how much real damage Fox News has done to the GOP in this way. Example: All the GOP candidates had to promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare” (an improvement; not too many years ago it was just “repeal”. It turns out many voters like not having to go broke for healthcare). Think about this: you are *required* by the situation you are in, to talk about your plan to completely replace something. In reality, it’s – at worst – somewhat broken, but, reality be damned, *you* need to construct an alternative that is clearly *very* *different*, but sounds reasonable to voters. That’s an strange kind of burden, and it’s no wonder that most of the plans sounded like something that Willy Wonka would come up with (the exception being, again, Kasich). Same thing, more or less, for tax plans. “Abolish the IRS!” (Cruz).

        So yeah, Trump may think he’s got teflon, but the GOP primary is just a start. And it wasn’t a real fight because of the above, and because everyone was trying to keep “unity”. And GOP primary voters are not the same as the whole electorate. And bear in mind that Trump got <40% of the primary vote in many early states, and polls showed that very few of the Non-trump voters would have made him their second choice.

        Hillary has withstood *decades* of attack from the right, the great majority of it being completely unfounded. And is still there. She's far from perfect, but she has more experience, ability, and integrity in her little finger than Trump will ever have.

        As someone has noted today (lost the link, sorry), Trump's recent attacks against his judge (in the Trump U case) appear to make him an outright racist – but that may not be true; it could be that he's thought it through, and decided he would rather be *seen* as a racist , than known as a fraud. Because he's run his whole campaign just like Trump U.

      • strayaway

        Hillary’s foreign policy experience has been a disaster. Her policies have contributed to death, destruction, millions of refugees, and the renewal of the cold war. She does seem to have an ability or talent for staying out of jail though. She has almost no integrity taking in millions from Arab elites who contribute to Clinton foundation and then receive marvelous rulings from the Department of State. Her emails disappear. Her programmer pleads the Fifth. She discredits women who claim her husband raped them.

        Perhaps Trump is worse, I don’t know that, but what’s Hillary even doing out of jail?

  • Eg Kbbs

    Yet Haley is still listed in another article today as changing to being a Trump supporter.

    Nice to know she is so principled as to support someone she compares to a serial killer to POTUS.

  • Brian

    So you compare Trump to a psychopath, yet Clinton and Sanders supporters are forming violent mobs and beating people in the streets? Not gonna talk about that? How the left is transforming into a violent radical group and no one is condemning it? But Trump is Dylann Roof now? You people are horrible.