“Proud daughter of Indian immigrants” seeks a nation rising together against anarchy and anger.
As Republicans unanimously nominated President Donald Trump as their candidate again, Indian American Nikki Haley asserted that America is not racist and only Trump can save it from falling “apart in anarchy and anger.”
“In much of the Democratic Party, it’s now fashionable to say that America is racist,” she said virtually addressing the two-city party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and Washington on its opening day Monday.
“That is a lie. America is not a racist country,” said Haley, former US ambassador to the UN, who back in 2011 made history as South Carolina’ s “first minority and first female governor,” citing her personal example.
“This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants,” she said. “They came to America and settled in a small southern town.”
“My (Sikh) father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. I was a brown girl in a black and white world,” Haley recalled. “We faced discrimination and hardship. But my parents never gave in to grievance and hate.”
“My mom built a successful business. My dad taught 30 years at a historically black college,” she said. “And the people of South Carolina chose me as their first minority and first female governor.”
Describing America as “a story that’s a work in progress,” Haley said Trump “knows that political correctness and ‘cancel culture’ are dangerous and just plain wrong.”
“We seek a nation that rises together, not falls apart in anarchy and anger. We know that the only way to overcome America’s challenges is to embrace America’s strength,” she said.
“We must choose the only candidate who has and who will continue delivering on that vision,” said Haley whose speech, according to CNN “sent her already-intense 2024 primary buzz off the charts.”
Haley, however, made only half a reference to the historic candidature of Democrat Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris, the first black and first Indian American woman on a major party’s national ticket.
“A Biden-Harris administration would be much, much worse,” than that of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama and his vice president Biden, she said.
“Last time, Joe’s boss was Obama… this time, it would be (Nancy) Pelosi, (Bernie) Sanders, and the Squad,” Haley said. “Their vision for America is socialism. And we know that socialism has failed everywhere.”
Earlier, making a surprise appearance in Charlotte with Vice President Mike Pence, Trump again questioned the accuracy of mail-in-voting accusing Democrats of trying to steal the presidency.
“The Only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” he said.
Back at the convention, Haley said, “it’s tragic to see so much of the Democratic Party turn a blind eye toward riots and rage.”
“The American people know we can do better. And of course we know that every single black life is valuable,” she said lamenting that “their lives are being ruined and stolen by the violence on our streets.”
“It doesn’t have to be like this. It wasn’t like this in South Carolina five years ago,” Haley said recalling a white supremacist’s attack on a church in her home state.
“After that horrific tragedy, we didn’t turn against each other. We came together — black and white, Democrat and Republican,” she said “and removed a divisive symbol, peacefully and respectfully.”
“What happened then should give us hope now. America isn’t perfect. But the principles we hold dear are perfect,” Haley said. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that even on our worst day, we are blessed to live in America.”
“It’s time to keep that blessing alive for the next generation,” Haley said asserting, “This President, and this Party, are committed to that noble task.”
Describing her stint as US Ambassador to the UN as “an honor of a lifetime,” Haley said with Trump’s “leadership, we did what Barack Obama and Joe Biden refused to do. We stood up for America… and we stood against our enemies.”
“This President has a record of strength and success,” she said. “He’s tough on China, and he took on ISIS and won. And he tells the world what it needs to hear.”
“At home, the President is the clear choice on jobs and the economy. He’s moved America forward, while Joe Biden held America back.”
“Trump is leading a new era of opportunity,” Haley claimed noting coronavirus “pandemic has set us back, but not for long.”
“President Trump brought our economy back before, and he will bring it back again,” she asserted.
President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., mocked Biden as “The Loch Ness Monster of the swamp.”
“It’s almost like this election is shaping up to be church, work, and school vs. rioting, looting and vandalism,” he said.
In a strong keynote, South Carolina’s black senator Tim Scott targeted Biden’s leadership on the 1994 crime bill saying it had put “millions of Americans” behind bars.
“We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news — racially, economically and culturally polarizing news,” Scott said.
“The truth is, our nation’s arc always bends back towards fairness. We are not fully where we want to be, but thank God we are not where we used to be. We are always striving to be better.”