If you’re a confirmed Trump hater like me, or maybe still deciding whether you want to hate Trump, take a look at this video which shows Trump arriving at the South Carolina – Clemson football game to a cascade of boos.
I taught at Carolina from 1976 to 1980 and attended I don’t remember how many football games at the Stadium and the Clemon game was always when anyone who wanted to be noticed showed up.
I don’t recall anyone who was introduced to the crowd being booed. It just wasn’t done at the Williams-Bryce Stadium in those days.
Maybe things have changed in South Carolina and people aren’t as polite as they used to be, but I suspect that the reason Trump was greeted by a hostile crowd was because right now he’s not running against Joe Biden, he’s running against Nikki Haley who’s popularity in the Palmetto State has already eliminated Tim Scott from the campaign, and could soon eliminate Trump as well.
Back in March, when DeSantis was in striking distance of Trump, Haley was just one of a bunch of announced GOP candidates sitting at 3%. She’s now at 10%, will be rolling in money thanks to the Koch endorsement and should be the most serious challenger to Trump within another week.
I think the reason things are starting to solidify around Haley on the GOP side is due to what now appears to be the latest Fake News narrative to predict the outcome of the 2024 election, which is where the two candidates stand on the issue of choice.
And when we use the word ‘choice’ we are obviously talking about abortion, which the polls indicate could determine the 2024 outcome in the handful of states whose results will determine who will be sitting behind the real Resolute desk in 2025.
On this issue, as on virtually every issue, Haley is being promoted as a more ‘moderate’ candidate than anyone else on the GOP side of things, the word ‘moderate’ becoming increasingly useful as Trump becomes seemingly more extreme every day. I say ‘seemingly’ because what pops out of Trump’s mouth or goes on Truth Social one day could change the next.
Be that as it may, Haley has managed to create an image of herself as someone who not only has significant experience both as a chief executive but also in the area of foreign affairs, given that she represented the United States at the United Nations for two years.
And what all this experience promotes is the idea that Haley knows how to listen to ‘both sides’ forge a ‘consensus’ (her most favorite word) and get things done.
Exactly what does Haley want to get done? I just finished listening to a nine-minute interview on her campaign website with Fox News, and I didn’t hear her say one, specific word about her views on anything.
When asked about abortion, Haley sweetly said that the ‘people should decide.’ And every time she was asked about any issue, she repeated a line about ‘listening to the people’ and following their advice.
Understand, of course, that when Fox conducts an interview with any GOP politician, there aren’t any questions ever asked. The person being interviewed can say whatever he or she wants to talk about and the interviewer nods and goes on to the next subject for which the guest has indicated he or she has something to say.
So, here we have a serious and now fully funded candidate for President who says she will govern the United States based on what the people who live in this country tell her they want to decide what should get done.
So, what if ‘the people’ decide that we should end the war in Ukraine by dropping what Nixon used to call ‘the big one’ on top of Lenin’s tomb in Moscow’s Red Square? Or better yet, what if ‘the people’ want us to shoot off a bunch of harpoon missiles at Pyongyang the next time Trump’s good buddy Kim Jong Un says that he’s going to test another intercontinental missile over the South China Sea?
Maybe I’ve got it backwards, but I always thought the definition of leadership was to make proper decisions which might not be what ‘the people’ want.
The good news about Nikki Haley and her total bullshit approach is that she’s not Donald Trump. And maybe keeping Trump out of the Oval Office in 2025 is the only thing that counts.