One year ago President Donald Trump appointed Nikki Haley as the US Ambassador to the UN. Finally this dysfunctional playground of dictators and tyrants is being challenged and held to account.
Originally named Nimrata Randhawa, Haley was born in 1972 to Punjabi immigrants in South Carolina. She was brought up in the Sikh faith and converted to Christianity in 1996 when she married Michael Haley, an officer in the Army National Guard. They met at Clemson University where Haley studied for her accounting degree. They have two children.
Haley was a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2004 until she ran for State Governor in 2009. Despite disparaging racist remarks from both Democrats and Republicans, and accusations of infidelity, she won and was so successful that she was re-elected in 2014.
Haley’s strength of character first sprang into public consciousness in 2015 after white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people in a Charleston church. Roof had published photos of himself holding the Confederate flag. Despite the popularity of this flag with her traditional voters, Haley immediately called for its removal from State Capitol grounds.
Haley will make decisions and enact policies she believes in, even if they are unpopular with constituents. Although she is a member of the Tea Party and supports a low tax regime, she advocates economic globalisation practices. Her tenure as Governor saw increased economic growth in South Carolina.
As a child of legal immigrants, Haley learnt that success comes mainly from hard work. She also, like many with an immigrant background, acquired the perspective necessary to see the damage inflicted on society by uncontrolled and illegal immigration. This accounts for her support of improved immigration laws.
Haley has forged a formidable political career without resorting to the misandry of divisive feminism. Her reputation as a fearless supporter of the true conservative values of family, faith and flag is unsurpassable. She is relentless in her pursuit of justice and combats real racism without resorting to identity politics.
Despite allegations of anti-Semitism, narcissism and sexism, Trump promoted a woman, who was unsupportive of his presidency candidacy, to one of the most prominent positions in his government. Haley, in line with her political principles, is also an unequivocal supporter of Israel and has denounced the destructive BDS campaign.
Theirs is a feisty and combative relationship. Haley has shown she is not a decorative mouthpiece for Trump. She sternly criticised her boss, with typically sensible and succinct words, after several women accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Her judgment is sound, and she defends those she perceives as victims, but does not tolerate self-pity or participate in Trump Derangement Syndrome. Trump and Haley are in sync with their frustration over the disastrous and shambolic UN.
Haley’s most outstanding achievement so far, and there have been many, is the inspiring way she has called out the despots, fascist, Islamists, dictators, Israel haters and anti-Semites who monopolise the UN. What a revelation she is proving to be.
In February 2017, during her maiden UN speech, Haley lambasted Russia’s destructive occupation of Ukraine. Last summer she courageously berated North Korea for its latest missile testing – a complete contrast to the craven Leftists who excuse North Korea’s abysmal human rights abuses by irrationally blaming Trump.
Haley’s desire to hold vile tyrants to account is also apparent in her reaction to the recent Iranian protests. Most European politicians have been cowardly silent on the bravery of Iranian women desperate to throw off the shackles of a misogynist theocracy. Western governments seem terrified of Iran. Who can forget that photo of ‘feminist’ Swedish politicians, clad in hijabs and long coats, as they genuflected their submissiveness towards Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cronies?
The indomitable Haley praised the protesters and declared that the world must not be silent. She truly has the measure of Islamists and will not bow down to them, unlike her cowering European counterparts.
This accounts for her support of Trump’s acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December. Haley fearlessly vetoed a Security Council’s resolution criticising this White House declaration. A now iconic photo shows Haley in action, with a look of grim determination, surrounded by representatives of the repressive regimes of China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Bolivia. She warned Security Council members that the US was taking names of those who supported this resolution against them and that there would be consequences.
And true to her word, a week later Haley announced that the US was cutting $285million from its UN budget. Rightly so. Why should the US have to fund an organisation which actively despises it and where corruption is rife, Islamists dominate and hatred of Jews knows no bounds?
Haley is not intimidated by the palpable and disgusting malice against Israel permeating the UN. Her defence of Israel, an ally of the US, is a rarity among Western politicians. After Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s appalling blood libel speech last weekend, Haley admonished the Palestinians for wanting to cut the US out of the increasingly ineffectual peace process and, together with Trump, confirmed a $65million cut to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) budget.
The US really shouldn’t have to contribute to this UN subsidiary which mainly functions to subsidise the luxury lifestyles of Abbas and his associates and encourages depraved anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools. The game is up for the Palestinians and fellow Islamists. Haley has called their bluff and won.
There is growing clamour for Haley to run for President in 2020. Her Judeo-Christian ethos and conservative views will incite much malice from the Left and post-Liberal Puritans. But given her astounding success so far in defying them, Nikki Haley could become the first female president of the world’s most powerful nation. Let’s hope for all our sakes she choses to do so – and succeeds.