04/12/2017

How Nikki Haley Became The Most Savage Diplomat On The Planet

Benny Johnson, Independent Journal Review

In President Trump's administration one never seems to know where the next drama flare-up will be. The ink spilled over palace intrigue, insults, back-stabbing, and leaks seem endless. Yet in a chaotic week, which tested the president's mettle on foreign and domestic policy alike, one fundamental pillar of the administration stood firm: Nikki Haley.

Last week, the rock-ribbed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations lit up her counterparts for defending the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons and turned the often staid, tepid chamber of the United Nations into a rhetorical battleground fit for, well, a Trump ambassador.

Social media and cable news were abuzz with Haley's firebrand performance against her seasoned counterparts under the hottest of hot spotlights. However, with the political world turned upside down last week, it may have been hard to follow all of the developments. For those who know Haley's story, her performance was in character. Here is a step-by-step highlight reel on how Haley became the most savage diplomat on the planet.

Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, is a child of first-generation immigrants from India.

Haley was born in South Carolina and experienced local bigotry and racism growing up. According to the New York Times:

As a girl, her parents — the first Indian immigrants this small, working-class town had ever seen — entered Nikki and her sister in the Little Miss Bamberg pageant. The judges of the contest, one that crowned one black queen and one white queen, were so flummoxed that they simply disqualified Nikki and her sister, Simran — but not before Nikki, about 5, sang “This Land Is Your Land.”

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Her father wears a turban and, though male Sikhs are not supposed to cut their hair, her brothers’ was trimmed after teasing at school grew vicious. “It’s survival mode,” she said. “You learn to try and show people how you’re more alike than you are different.”

In spite of the painful cultural differences, Haley persisted, graduating from Clemson University and becoming a successful businesswoman, then deciding to run for office.

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