Nikki Haley is amazing. Her speech to the U.N. was absolutely perfect, not to mention desperately necessary. On Sunday, she appeared on “Face the Nation.” She was asked about allegations against President Trump during what is indisputably this national moment on sex harassment.
This is a tough question to deal with. It’s full of landmines. A lesser person might flub it, make it worse, or come off sounding like an idiot.
With Haley, no such worry. As usual, she has all the best words. Watch:
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 10, 2017
“I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
Here’s the transcript:
JOHN DICKERSON: Let me ask you about a domestic issue here. There’s a cultural shift going on in America right now. You saw it, three members of Congress kicked out of Congress because of sexual behavior, misdeeds. You were the first woman Senator of South Carolina. What do you think of this cultural moment that’s happening?
NIKKI HALEY: You know, I am incredibly proud of the women who have come forward. I’m proud of their strength. I’m proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in, you know, we’ve seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come.
DICKERSON: Of course I’m wrong, you were the governor, first governor of South Carolina. Given that consciousness, how do you think people should assess the accusers of the president?
HALEY: Well, I mean, you know, the same thing, is women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with. And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.
DICKERSON: And does the election mean that’s a settled issue?
HALEY: You know, that’s for the people to decide. I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.
This is a perfect answer. You can ignore hyper-Trump-partisans who will see this as tepid or some sort of betrayal. It’s not only politically smart and well-said, it’s absolutely truthful and the right way to see it.
She doesn’t say “always believe accusations” and she doesn’t say “those ***ches are liars” either. She says they have a right to be heard, and they do.
A perfect answer. She’ll probably be attacked by both sides for it.