This Is Why Conservatives Are Mad About Nikki Haley's SOTU Response

This Is Why Conservatives Are Mad About Nikki Haley's SOTU Response

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night and her response is facing some angry backlash — from within Haley's own party. 

Speaking from the South Carolina state Capitol on Tuesday night, Haley criticized Obama for not living up to his rhetoric, but she also referenced failures within the Republican Party, saying, "We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: While Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around."

Suggesting Republicans shared responsibility for "problems facing America" did not go over well with some conservatives.

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter attacked Haley on Twitter during the speech, saying at one point, "Trump should deport Nikki Haley." Haley's parents immigrated to the United States from India, and were the first Indian immigrants in the town of Bamberg, South Carolina. Haley spoke of the importance of continuing to welcome immigrants into the United States during her rebuttal.

Other conservatives on social media echoed Coulter's thoughts, and criticized the Republican establishment while expressing support for Trump.


Within the Republican establishment though, Haley's rebuttal to the speech received praise. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tweeted his support following Haley's rebuttal, saying "Fantastic balance and substance. Our party is the new, young and diverse party."

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Anna Swartz

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