The former president defended his language in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, saying it gives nicknames to his rivals and that it is an “effective tool” to run for the Republican nomination.
When co-host Charlamagne tha God asked, “Do you think Trump making fun of your birth name was racist?” on the morning show “The Breakfast Club” Haley said, “I mean, I think we can let other people decide that.”
“I think you look at it and it’s a bit like Tim Scott, ‘you sleep with yourself’. I mean, we’ll let Donald Trump sleep with this all he wants,” she added.
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Trump previously falsely claimed that Haley was ineligible for the presidency because her parents were not U.S. citizens when she was born. Haley was born in 1972 in the United States, which makes her eligible to run for president.
Haley previously sidestepped the question of whether Trump’s mocking of her name was racist, telling a news group in Amherst, New Hampshire. earlier this month“I’ll let people decide what he means by his attacks. What we do know is that he’s clearly not insecure.”
Trump used a similar tactic with former President Barack Obama more than a decade ago, promoting a false conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961.
Haley currently trails Trump by more than 50% in an average of RealClearPolitics polls. Although she failed to place first in the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primaries, Haley made it clear she plans to stay in the race.
The Breakfast Club, where Haley was featured on Wednesday, is a hip-hop-themed talk show…