by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made the case for President Trump’s reelection in her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, contrasting his “new era of opportunity” with the policies of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
“This president has a record of strength and success,” Haley declared. “The former vice president has a record of weakness and failure.” She then recited a litany of foreign policy differences with Biden and the previous administration.
“Obama and Biden let North Korea threaten America,” Haley said. “President Trump rejected that weakness, and we passed the toughest sanctions on North Korea in history.”
“Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash,” she continued. “President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal.”
“Obama and Biden led the United Nations to denounce our friend and ally, Israel,” Haley went on. “President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem — and when the U.N. tried to condemn us, I was proud to cast the American veto.”
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley, 48, is viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party. She is frequently listed near the top of 2024 presidential candidates. …
Haley, a Clemson University graduate, was elected governor of South Carolina in 2010 and reelected four years later, at the height of the Tea Party era. She was the first woman and first racial minority group member to hold the position, in keeping with the “Land of Promise” theme of the convention’s opening night. …
… “In much of the Democratic Party, it is now fashionable to say that America is racist,” she said. “That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”