This morning, Donald Trump sarcastically and gleefully tweeted that it was “too bad” that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings’ home was burglarized. Trump’s mafia boss-like tweet was so blatantly far over the line, it wasn’t exactly difficult for anyone to figure out how to criticize it. Then there was the case of Nikki Haley, who promptly screwed it up.
Donald Trump posted this tweet: “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” Nikki Haley responded to Trump, saying “This is so unnecessary” and adding frustrated eye-rolling emoji. On its own, this was actually a proper and succinct response. The trouble for Haley is that just three days ago, she was trying to play the other side.
On Tuesday, after Trump’s racist tirade against Elijah Cummings and Baltimore had already reached repulsive lows, Nikki Haley tweeted this: “Instead of all of this back and forth about who everyone thinks is racist and whose not, the President just offered to help the people of Baltimore. They should take him up on it. Let’s put the same energy into where it will make a difference.”
So which is it? Should we all ignore Trump’s racism, as the Tuesday version of Nikki Haley insisted, or should we emphatically push back against him complete with emojis, as the Friday version of Nikki Haley insisted? Her flip flopping was blatant enough that her name instantly began trending on Twitter today, and not for good reasons.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report