Republicans need a backup plan, the nation needs ‘healing,’ and Nikki Haley on the 2020 ticket could be…well…just the ticket.
Note: This post is not a criticism of current-Vice President Mike Pence. Rather, it is a post to explain why President Donald Trump and Republicans (in general) should consider replacing Mr. Pence with former U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley as President Trump’s 2020 running mate.
Today, we have a President who the Left will do anything in their power to destroy and, truth be told, a President who seems to relish in governing through chaos.
The fact is, whether it is in 2021 (if Trump loses re-election) or in 2025 (after a second Trump term), the nation needs to begin a ‘healing process.’
On the one hand, if Trump loses in 2020 to any of the current Democratic field, given their current far-left extremist rhetoric, the divisions will only get worse, not better.
Sadly, on the other hand, if Trump does win re-election, the Left will become even more enflamed and determined to destroy Trump at all costs—causing further divisions.
Despite the hyperbole of a possible “second civil war,” while that is not likely to occur, it is very likely that “skirmishes” involving political violence—like those which are becoming more regular in certain cities like Portland, Seattle and elsewhere—will continue for the foreseeable future and, quite possibly, escalate.
Right now, the nation is devoid of a political leader who can reasonably heal political divisions and start to unify most Americans…save one: Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s former governor and, as well U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Trump.
Much of the nation (and world) got to know Nikki Haley when President Trump appointed her to be Ambassador to the United Nations.
While she was ambassador, she enjoyed bi-partisan popularity, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, cited by CNN last year.
75% of Republicans, 63% of independents and even 55% of Democrats say they approve of how she’s handling her job.
Her support among Democrats is virtually identical to the share of Democrats who approve of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (56%) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (55%) in the same poll.
“Haley’s number climbs higher than those of virtually every active politician on the world stage today,” noted CNN.
Despite her popularity on the national stage and her willingness to be independent from the DC fray, it is really her time as governor of South Carolina that makes her the obvious and best candidate to help heal the nation in a post-Trump era.
“Gov. Nikki Haley,” reported the Associated Press in 2017, “has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church.”
Within a week of the 2015 the massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Haley took a decisive leadership role on a politically-divisive issue in South Carolina: The removal of the Confederate flag.
It is both Haley’s principled leadership on tough issues and her ability to “heal” across party lines that would be her most appealing trait were she to return to the national stage.
To be clear, Nikki Haley should not challenge President Trump, as Quin Hilyer suggested in his August piece when he wrote in August:
Haley is almost certainly the only major Republican who has emerged from the Trump presidency with their reputation and stature actually enhanced. Her poll ratings are sky high. Politically savvy and tough, with a strong sense of mainstream conservative principle, Haley forged an independent identity while representing the United States at the U.N. She stood foursquare for American interests and values, without ever appearing shrill, bullying, or blustering. She was all business, and she followed through.
While Hilyer’s summary of Haley is true, given the legions of Trump supporters, were Haley to actually challenge Trump as Hilyer advocates, the results would be political suicide for Haley.
She would lose in a primary and be soundly castigated as ‘disloyal’ by the Right.
Rather, were Haley to be promoted to the position of vice presidential running mate, due to Haley’s current stature as a principled politician (not to mention a woman), it would help Donald Trump’s bid for re-election greatly.
Moreover, if the Democrats were successful in hurting Trump post-election to the point he were to be impeached or have to resign, Haley is the single most-qualified person to heal the divisions and ‘pick up the pieces’ (so to speak).
To be clear, Haley has her detractors—both union bosses and pro-abortion advocates dislike her intensely.
The first group, union bosses, cannot stand her due to her strong willingness to keep South Carolina union-free after the Machinists union tried to keep Boeing from opening a plant in North Charleston.
The second group, pro-abortion advocates, dislike Haley due to her “pro-life” stance.
“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity,” Haley stated in a speech at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Life Gala earlier this year. “They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism.”
“The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about,” Haley said.
However, aside from those two groups, there are few who dislike Nikki Haley.
Despite the fact that, since leaving her public-life behind her, Haley seems to be doing quite well, President Trump (and a divided nation) could use Nikki Haley on the ticket in 2020.