Some are calling it the “height of hypocrisy,” bordering on demagoguery.
Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s Republican governor, came out last week
and blasted possible White House plans to bring Gitmo prisoners to her
The governor called a news conference Thursday and didn’t mince words.
“We are absolutely drawing a line that we are not going to allow any
terrorist to come into South Carolina,” Haley said. “We are not going to
allow that kind of threat, we are not going to allow that kind of
character to come in.
“My job is to protect the people of this state, and I take that very
personally,” she continued. “I will take that personally the entire way
through, so that the president, the Congress and anyone involved in this
decision understands they are not wanted, they are not needed, and we
will not accept them in South Carolina.”
Yet, at the same time she was drawing a red line against Gitmo
terrorists who would stay locked in a brig off the coast of Charleston,
Haley was opening her arms wide to welcome “refugees” from jihadist
strongholds in the Middle East and Africa.