Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley voiced her concerns over the current political climate, telling an audience of young conservatives last week that some rhetoric is “really reaching the point of hate.”
What are the details?
The Daily Caller reported that Haley sat down with Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk for a question-and-answer session at his organization’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit on Friday.
According to the outlet, Haley warned, “My concern really is the fact that when I hear how toxic the politics are — I believe in being passionate, I do. But when it gets toxic and I say now it’s getting to where people are calling each other evil. They’re hiding behind anonymous things and they’re saying things that are really reaching the point of hate.”
She went on to explain, “When I hear them call each other evil, it bothers me because I’ve seen evil. I’ve been to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they use rape as a weapon of war. I’ve been to South Sudan where they’ve taken babies from women’s arms and thrown them into fire,” adding, “That’s evil.”
“What we’re having in our country is a debate of ideas. … That’s it.” the former South Carolina governor continued. “And what I worry about is that Americans are forgetting to be grateful, because on our worst day we are blessed to be in America.”
Days before Haley’s discussion with Kirk, “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg attacked Haley and other pro-life conservatives for being “anti-human” and declared, “I don’t want you in my coochie.”
Haley responded via Twitter, saying, “I’m not going to get in the gutter with Whoopi on this, but listen to both of us and you decide.”
The former governor referred to the exchange while speaking with Kirk, saying, Goldberg “made my point, because she immediately started attacking the other side without listening to what I was trying to say. I wasn’t judging anyone. I wasn’t criticizing anyone. I was saying why I continue to fight.”