During a Tuesday broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” anchor Jake Tapper pointed out that former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (R) running for president has brought out a “very ugly side of the left.”
Haley recently announced her candidacy for the 2024 presidential election and has since faced criticism from both sides of the aisle. While Republicans have accused Haley of being just another establishment RINO (Republican In Name Only), some Democrats have taken their criticism to the extreme — making racially-charged and even outright racist comments about her.
Tucker reveals the real Nikki Haley pic.twitter.com/tPbNvbqQjP
— Ben Owen🇺🇸 (@hrkbenowen) February 22, 2023
On his show, Tapper cited attacks on Haley from a left-wing New York Times writer, who made blatantly racist comments about the Republican candidate during an appearance on MSNBC.
“The New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali made very critical comments yesterday or maybe Sunday about Governor Nikki Haley, who is now running for president. Take a look,” the CNN anchor said, introducing a clip of Ali’s comments.
During the clip, Ali claimed that Haley “uses her brown skin as a weapon against poor black folks and poor brown folks, and she uses her brown skin to launder white supremacist talking points. The reason I feel sad is because no matter what she does, it will never be enough. They’ll never love her.”
.@WajahatAli joins the leftist media in spreading racist attacks against Nikki Haley.
Ali falsely smears Haley, an Indian woman, as a "Manchurian candidate" for white supremacists, and an "alpha Karen in brown skin." pic.twitter.com/ntdyQdVAwK
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) February 20, 2023
Responding to Ali’s racist remarks, Democratic strategist Paul Begala stated: “I think the fact she got to be the governor of South Carolina with brown skin is a very impressive accomplishment. I don’t think it’s something people should be ridiculing her about. I think it’s a terrible thing to say about her.”
Tapper also reacted to the attacks on Haley, comparing them to Republicans’ past remarks about former President Barack Obama.
“You see some people on the left noting that Nikki is not her original first name,” he said. “I think that is her middle name. It’s not true, and these are the same people who objected to whenever Republicans would say ‘Barack Hussein Obama.’”
The CNN anchor then pointed out that leftists have gone too far regarding their attacks on Haley.
“I mean, there is a very ugly side of the left that comes out when Nikki Haley runs for office,” he said.
Tapper appears to be correct, although the “ugly side” of the left has been visible for much longer than Haley’s candidacy — with their consistent racist remarks about any non-White Republican, and constant vicious attacks against practically any Republican that won’t acquiesce to the left’s demands.
Ali wasn’t the only person taking heat for comments about Haley, as disgraced CNN personality Don Lemon also recently attacked Haley — this time about her age.
“Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime. Sorry, when a woman is in their prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40s,” Lemon said.
Don Lemon says Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime as a politician because she’s not in her 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Holy shit. She’s only 51! Biden’s 80! This may be the dumbest thing ever said on CNN. And I love that he cited Google as his source: pic.twitter.com/l1CzTYlkjX
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 16, 2023
The CNN anchor, who previously had his own evening show but has since been demoted to co-anchoring a morning show, has since apologized for his comments after being absent from his show for three days. Lemon is reportedly mandated to undergo sensitivity training after the incident.