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“Donald Trump has Contributed to Irresponsible Talk” – Nikki Haley

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, considered a front-runner for vice president,delivered a response to Donald Trump on Tuesday night at President Obama’s final state of the Union address. Although she didn’t name names, it was quite clear who she was talking about. Haley went on to talk about her own experience as the daughter of Indian immigrants, and said that even though the U.S. needs to fight illegal immigration, “no one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.” Then she called out politicians (inserts Donald Trump) who are more bluster than substance:

“In many parts of society today, whether in popular culture, academia, the media, or politics, there’s a tendency to falsely equate noise with results. Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.”

 She later cleared the air on who she was in fact referring to in an interview with the Today show this morning. The Governor confirmed that, she was indeed talking about Trump, and she isn’t backing down. “Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk,” she said. But she added that he’s not the only person using volume, not content, to get what he wants. “There’s other people in the media, there’s people in my state, I think we’re seeing it across the country,” she said.

In her speech, she said both Republicans and Democrats need to take a hard look at today’s politics to figure out how to move forward. And no matter which party you belong to, that seems like sound advice.

Watch her full speech below:

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