Nikki Haley Says Immigrants Often More Patriotic Than Americans – Is She Right?

Former Republican Governor of South Carolina and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is in the hot seat for comments she made while at a campaign event on Saturday with Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

Dr. Oz is the son of Turkish immigrants and Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants. Both were born in the U.S.

While apparently trying to make a point about immigrants’ love for America she said this, “My parents came here because they wanted a better life for their family…they came here legally…legal immigrants are more patriotic than most Americans these days. Because they appreciate how wonderful this country is.”

Is she right?

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Fair Statement?

While Haley may have gotten a bit of pushback for her comments, she also appeared on the Dom Giordano radio program to clarify her comments – arguing that she meant immigrants are more patriotic than progressives. 

But is it fair to say that a big chunk of native born Americans feel no sense of patriotism for their country? A quick perusal of social media does not say if the author of any post is a natural born citizen, however, there is plenty of anti-American sentiment to go around.

Nikki Haley may have a very good point.

There is no shortage of people willing to say it out loud. This is one of many.

But in most cases, there really just aren’t any words.

And of course, at the end of the day, it’s Donald Trump and MAGA followers’ fault.

The Cato Institute looked at numbers in the General Social Survey in 2019 and found that, in many instances, immigrants do perceive America more positively than native citizens. However, respondents weren’t split up by ideology or political party. 

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Sobering Observation

Haley also gave a speech at the National Honor Society on Saturday, where she sounded a warning about patriotism and love of country fading among America’s young people. She stated about young people in the U.S., “You, above all others, remind us that America is worth fighting for.”

Haley also spoke of her time as U.N. Ambassador, and the anti-American sentiment abroad:

“It pains me to say that we live in a time when national pride is fading fast. Now, I’m no stranger to people hating on the United States. I saw it every day at the U.N. Dictators and thugs loved to get in front of the camera and tell the world how bad America is. It’s their favorite pastime, and as far as I can tell, it’s now the main purpose of the United Nations. Proving the haters wrong and defending our country was the best part of the job. But I never expected to hear those same lies from my fellow Americans.”

In her speech, Haley also mentioned ongoing atrocities in other nations, and added, “America is the best nation in human history — and she deserves all of our love. We have to get our patriotism back. We have to raise up the next generation to love our country, not hate it.”

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Checking Which Way The Winds Are Blowing

Since the end of the Trump administration, Nikki Haley has been something of a question mark. Immediately following the Jan. 6 riot, as Democrats were preparing a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, Haley appeared to turn on her former boss.

Weeks after the riot, in an interview with Politico, Haley stated, “We need to acknowledge he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t ever let that happen again.” 

Almost immediately following that statement, Haley requested a meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and was turned down. Even with the appearance of a snub from Trump, Nikki Haley continues to be on the list of possible 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls, along with names like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Talking about a return to patriotism during an administration that sees half of Americans as enemies of the state could be something that gets Nikki Haley a bit of traction.

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Combat Veteran And Double Amputee Rep Brian Mast Shreds Jake Tapper After CNN Anchor Questions His Patriotism

Rep. Brian Mast, an Afghanistan war veteran and double amputee, fired back at Jake Tapper after the CNN anchor questioned his patriotism.

Tapper, during a segment covering impeachment proceedings in the House, went low and questioned Mast’s commitment to Democracy as the congressman spoke in opposition to the impeachment of President Trump.

“Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida – who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper told a panel.

Mast repeatedly condemned the Capitol protests that led to Trump’s second impeachment but stated, “I do not believe this conduct rises to the standard necessary for invoking the 25th Amendment or impeachment.”

Tapper’s unprovoked attack drew a response from Mast himself.

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Brian Mast Hits Back at Jake Tapper Over His Vile Comments

Jake Tapper, whose closest brush with combat of any kind involved a date with Monica Lewinsky, got an earful for his shameful comments, not the least of which came from Brian Mast himself.

“I lost two legs for [Jake Tapper’s] right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election,” Mast tweeted.

Rather than manning up, Tapper took the cowardly route and doubled down on his comments from behind a keyboard.

“You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful, as I’ve said before,” Tapper tweeted in reply.

“And yes, I question the commitment to democracy of anyone who spread election lies, signed onto that deranged TX AG lawsuit, and voted to commit sedition,” he added. “You were not just asking questions.”

The only sedition – conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state – over the past four years took place at the behest of the media, CNN in particular.

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Tapper Gets Blasted

Others on social media came to Mast’s defense as well, hammering Tapper for his ill-advised comments.

“This is DISGUSTING,” former Trump campaign social media director Mike Hahn responded. “Is [Tapper] planning on apologizing for this egregious comment?”

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) called the CNN anchor’s comments “repulsive” and “disgusting.”

“Representative Mast, along with myself and many others in Congress and across the country, served in the military so Americans can have freedom of speech, regardless of how repulsive or disgusting it may be,” replied Crawford.

Tapper was on the receiving end of further scorn.

Mast went on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to respond to Tapper’s comments.

“My commitment to democracy and to my country is unwavering, I love this place so much it literally breaks my heart to see the divide that exists in it,” Mast said.

“I love our democracy. For all of our problems there is no government that I would rather be a part of anywhere in this world, and to strengthen that and keep it strong, we have to ask those questions,” he continued.

Mast went on to suggest that anger in this country is rising because certain entities aren’t listening or even debating the concerns of those who question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election – they are simply dismissed out of hand.

“We’ve got to get to the point that we’re saying, ‘This is why I think something,’ now I can say, ‘This is why I think you’re wrong,’ and we can have a real debate and hopefully you end up learning something about each other instead of just coming away with two people that are pissed off.”

It should be noted that Tapper’s concerns regarding interference in the democratic process only apply to President Trump.

He was, after all, caught interjecting in a House race in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, where he tried to convince Republican Sean Parnell not to run against Democrat incumbent Connor Lamb in 2019, and instead find a different district to run in.

It seems the only person whose commitment to Democracy needs questioning is Tapper.

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