Nikki Haley on the Issues — Yea, right.

Mike Weisser
4 min readNov 30, 2023

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 whose 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…