Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed her disagreement with former President Donald Trump’s choice of words when he referred to his political opponents as “vermin.” This particular term has faced criticism due to its resemblance to Nazi rhetoric.
Trump made this statement during a Veterans Day speech, which received widespread backlash. He stated, ” we pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country that lie and steal and cheat on elections.”
During a town hall event in Newton, Iowa, on Friday, a resident asked Haley about her thoughts on Trump’s comments. She responded, “The reality is I don’t agree with that statement any more than I agree when he said Hezbollah was smart or any more than I agree when he hit Netanyahu when his country was on its knees after all that brutality. It’s the chaos of it all, right.”
Haley referred to previous instances where Trump praised the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as “very smart” and made critical remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Trump later retracted his criticism of Netanyahu.
Haley emphasized her past working relationship with Trump as his United Nations ambassador but admitted to cautioning him that he could be his own worst enemy. She believes that Trump’s use of inflammatory language exemplifies the “chaos” that has caused Republicans to lose elections and divert attention from more crucial matters such as national security.
She stated, “It’s not so much about Donald Trump. And yes, his personality is not my personality, and yes, he says things he shouldn’t say. We look so distracted right now. And when America’s distracted, the world is less safe.”
Haley made a two-day trip to Iowa, where she made five campaign appearances. In an Iowa Poll conducted by the Des Moines Register/News/Mediacom in October, Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were tied at 16% in the Republican presidential race, while Trump led with 43%.