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Nikki Haley uses Charleston shooter Dylann Roof to explain her Trump disdain – and it’s ugly

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Talk about apples and oranges! On Thursday, Nikki Haley told reporters why she’s been so critical of her party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump.

According to the South Carolina Governor, rhetoric like Trump’s, not mental illness or pure evil, is what led Dylann Roof to murder nine black members of Charleston’s Emanual AME Church last year.

That’s right, rhetoric. (and Confederate flags, apparently, but she’s already dealt with that so it’s onto rhetoric now…)

According to Haley, “I know what rhetoric can do. I saw it happen,” adding, “Trump, as a major party presidential nominee, has a responsibility to use a more civil and respectful tone.”

At least she stopped short of calling Trump’s supporters racist.

“That’s a different kind of anger. They’re upset with Washington, D.C. They’re upset nothing’s got done. The way [Trump] communicates that, I wish were different.”

In her Republican response to President Obama’s January State of the Union, Haley was also sharply critical of Trump, famously (or infamously) saying, “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the silent call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”

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