Meet The Real Governor Nikki Haley

January 24, 2024

Governor Nikki Haley Pledged To Raise Taxes On South Carolinians


Governor Nikki Haley Broke Her Promise And Pushed For A 60% Increase In The State Gas Tax In South Carolina


Nikki Haley flipped on the gas tax.


In her 2013 State of the State address, Haley said, “But I will not – not now, not ever – support raising the gas tax…”


In her 2014 State of the State address, Haley proclaimed that she would veto any bill that reached her desk that raises taxes on gasoline.


            “I will veto any bill that reaches my desk that raises taxes on gasoline.”


Haley flipped her position, and posted on her website that she proposes raising the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon to pay for the State’s infrastructure. However, Haley then scrubbed her website after the flip-flop.


“‘If we raise our gas tax by more than 10 cents per gallon, we will equal or surpass Georgia’s tax level and lose our competitive advantage,’ Haley’s website once declared.”


However, in 2015, Haley proposed a 60% increase in the state gas tax in South Carolina.


“Gov. Nikki Haley’s plan to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure includes a 59.7 percent increase in the gas tax over three years, a marked shift from what she has said to media and in public addresses. Haley proposed to increase the state gas tax by 10 cents to 26.75 cents per gallon over the next three years, in conjunction with lowering state income taxes from 7 percent to 5 percent and restructuring the state Department of Transportation.”


In January 2016, Haley unveiled her budget proposal which included the gas tax hike.


Nikki Haley Wanted A New 23% National Sales Tax


In December 2012, Haley said she would “support the Fair Tax and any reform that would eliminate income tax” in South Carolina as governor.



The Fair Tax Act would allow for a nationwide “23% retail tax that happens at the checkout counter for new goods and services.” Additionally, “The 23% rate is ‘tax-inclusive,’ meaning the percentage you pay is calculated based on the total price of your purchase. In everyday practice, the national sales tax rate under the Fair Tax Act would effectively be 30%.”


As Governor Of South Carolina, Nikki Haley Sided With Democrats On Immigration And Opposed President Trump’s Border Wall


Nikki Haley Endangered South Carolinians By Opposing President Trump’s Travel Ban On Immigrants Coming Into America From Terrorist Countries


In 2015, Haley denounced President Trump’s travel ban, calling it “absolutely un-American” and “unconstitutional.” She also said it “defies everything that this country was based on and it’s just wrong.”


Haley added that the travel ban policy was “an embarrassment” to her party.


Governor Haley Embraced Open Borders And Was Critical Of Ending Automatic Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants


As governor, Haley spoke out against a border wall was critical of ending automatic birthright citizenship. She also opposed President Trump’s plan to use drones and planes to secure the southern border.


Nikki Haley: “Republicans need to remember that the fabric of America came from these legal immigrants,’ she said. ‘If you want to talk about tackling illegal immigration, then let’s talk about it, but we don’t need to attack so many millions of people who came here … and did it the right way, like my parents.’ Haley wasn’t finished. ‘Why are you going all the way to this side and talking about birthright citizenship when you haven’t even talked about illegal immigration itself?’ she asked. ‘Are you as a candidate going to commit to putting troops along the border?’ She also cited the high cost of drones, planes, and detention and deportation capabilities, which would be needed. Concluded the governor: ‘Don’t say you’re just going to build a wall, because a wall’s not going to do it.’”


As governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley supported a government-funded refugee resettlement program.


“State Sen. Harvey Peeler sent a letter to the governor's office on Monday asking the Haley Administration to stop their ‘willingness to accept international refugees’ because of fears in the Upstate that some of these refugees could be coming from war-torn Middle Eastern countries.”


In 2016, Haley defended Barack Obama when President Trump criticized the former president on weak immigration policies that put Americans at risk.


“‘During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,’ Haley said from the governor’s residence in Columbia. ‘We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.’”


Democrats Allowed Illegal Aliens To Invade Our Country, But Nikki Haley Doesn’t Think You Should Call Illegal Immigrants “Criminals”


In July 2015, Haley said that Americans should not describe illegal immigrants “as criminals,” suggesting that doing so is “disrespectful.” Her comments were made during a panel with the Aspen Institute, moderated by then-CEO Walter Isaacson.


“Haley, in response, said that while Americans are rightfully frustrated with illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border, she urged the audience not to use language like “criminals” to describe illegal aliens because “they’re not.’”


          VIDEO: Nikki Haley says you shouldn't call illegal immigrants "criminals."


While Serving As Governor Of South Carolina, A Resident Sued Her For Backing Obama’s Refugee Resettlement Program


As governor of South Carolina, Haley was sued by a resident of her state for backing former President Obama’s refugee resettlement program. Haley was one of nine Republican governors who continued supporting President Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees across the U.S, even after terrorist attacks occurred in Europe.


“For example, three days after the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris, France, — when seven Islamic terrorists killed 130 people, including one terrorist who reportedly posed as a Syrian refugee to get into the country — Haley was one of only nine Republican governors who continued supporting then-President Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees across the U.S.”


During Haley’s Tenure As Governor Of South Carolina, She Repeatedly Sided With Communist China Over America


While Serving As Governor Of South Carolina, Haley Called Communist China “A Friend”


Haley hailed China as “a friend” in a 2014 thank-you letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai.



Haley added that she is “grateful” for China’s “contributions on the economic front.”


Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai “had written in his letter to Haley that China is ‘glad to see that the overall ties between China and South Carolina have been growing rapidly in recent years.… I look forward to continuing to work with you.’”


As Governor, Haley Expanded Chinese Investments In South Carolina By Giving 197 Acres Of Free Land To A CCP-Controlled Company


Governor Haley gave 197 acres of free land to a Chinese company run by Communist Party officials.


“According to the contract between the county and China Jushi, a key part of the deal was the company’s receiving 197 acres of land, valued at $4.9 million. The company would have been required to pay back part of the land’s value if it did not invest an expected amount of money or create an expected number of jobs.”


Fox News headline: “Nikki Haley welcomed Chinese companies to South Carolina as governor, in contrast to current hawkishness”


Fox News headline: “Haley facing heat for bringing Chinese company to South Carolina, standing next to CCP flag praising them”


While serving as governor, Haley recruited Chinese companies to her state and Chinese capital investments in South Carolina “more than doubled from $308 million in 2011 to nearly $670 million in 2015.”


While Haley was governor, Haley welcomed China investments in South Carolina. Haley brought the first Chinese-owned automaker into the U.S. In 2015, Volvo selected South Carolina for a $500 Million Assembly plant.


In a 2016 video message, Haley celebrated a deal that brought a business with ties to the Chinese Communist Party to her home state.


“‘It's a great day in South Carolina. I am so sorry I'm not there with you in person to celebrate what is a fantastic announcement by the Jushi Group,’ Haley said in a 2016 video message obtained by ABC News that was played at a signing ceremony in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, to celebrate a deal bringing a manufacturing plant owned by China Jushi, a partially state-owned fiberglass company, to South Carolina's Richland County.”


“‘We want to thank Chairman Zhang and everyone at the Jushi Group for allowing South Carolina to be the first location of your first U.S. manufacturing hub,’ Haley said in the video.”


In 2014, Haley Sided With China And Opposed Tariffs On Chinese Goods


In 2014, Haley wanted the U.S. Commerce Department to lower a tariff on tires made in China by Giti Tire, which was in the middle of building a $560 million plant in South Carolina. The tariffs were initially imposed to compete with hefty subsidies Chinese manufacturers receive from the Communist Party.


During Haley’s Tenure As Governor Of South Carolina, Haley Helped Send A Group Of Students To A CCP-Linked Summer Camp In Beijing


While Haley was governor of South Carolina, the state partnered with a group led by the Chinese communist government to send more than a dozen students to a Beijing summer camp.


“‘The South Carolina Department of Education is pleased to partner with the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE),’ a March 2015 memorandum on the state’s education department website reads. ‘The international division of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission is delighted to announce that invitations will be extended to 20 secondary school students from across South Carolina to attend the 5th Beijing International Student Summer Camp this year.’”


“On behalf of BIEE, we invite all high schools in South Carolina to recommend 20 secondary students, between the ages of 14 to 18, to participate in the program. The camp will take place from July 14 – 23, 2015 in Beijing.”


In 2012, Haley Praised Chinese Workers Saying They Can Help Show Americans How To Work Hard


Haley said Chinese workers can help show Americans how to work hard.


“They work with passion and they work with urgency - like there is no time to waste and they want it all done yesterday… And we're saying: let's get that passion again. And that's why I think the Chinese investments are good for us. Because it reminds us of what this energy feels like. They can remind us that we need to focus on that again.”


Governor Haley Wanted To Gut Social Security And Medicare For South Carolinians And Even Defended The Paul Ryan Plan To Get Rid Of Medicare Entirely


Governor Haley Defended The Paul Ryan Plan To Get Rid Of Medicare Entirely


Haley defended the Paul Ryan budget plan of 2011 that would have transformed Medicare into a voucher/premium support system. She also criticized Newt Gingrich for opposing the plan.


“‘What he said was absolutely unfortunate,’ Haley told CNN in a phone interview. “‘Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees.”


“‘When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,’ she added.”


Haley on entitlements in 2010: “‘What they need to be doing is looking at entitlements,’ Haley said in a 2010 interview on Fox News. ‘Look at Social Security. Look at Medicaid. Look at Medicare. Look at these things, and let’s actually go to the heart of what is causing government to grow, and tackle that.’”


Nikki Haley Brought The Swamp To South Carolina During Her Time As Governor


Haley Ran For Office Because Of Hillary Clinton, Not To Improve South Carolina


In 2012, Haley said the reason she ran for office is because of Hillary Clinton.


“‘Everybody was telling me why I shouldn’t run: I was too young, I had small children, I should start at the school board level,’ she said at the time. ‘I went to Birmingham University, and Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker on a leadership institute, and she said that when it comes to women running for office, there will be everybody that tells you why you shouldn’t but that’s all the reasons why we need you to do it, and I walked out of there thinking ‘That’s it. I’m running for office.’”


The Swamp Loves Nikki Haley And She Is Trying To Hide It


VIDEO: In 2016, Ryan called Haley a “visionary.”


In November 2016, Ryan posted, “So proud of my friend Nikki Haley. She is a visionary leader who gets things done and will be an excellent ambassador to the United Nations.”


Haley has been a strong supporter of Mitt Romney and endorsed him in 2011.


In 2012, Haley claimed that Romney is the “right man to end the chaos in Washington, D.C.”


“Tonight, Mitt Romney once again displayed his vision, leadership, and grace under fire. He showed why he is without question the right man to end the chaos in Washington, D.C. and put America back to work. Neither our state nor our nation can afford four more years of President Obama, and it is critical that we nominate someone with Mitt Romney's history of results. We need a president who has a record of not just talk, but of actually getting things done, and Governor Romney is that man.”


Mitt Romney contributed $42K to Haley in 2010 for her campaign for governor of South Carolina.


“Haley spokesman Tim Pearson told POLITICO, ‘We appreciate everything that Governor and Mrs. Romney have done for the campaign - from coming out for Nikki when she was still, as she says, ‘Nikki-who?’, to traveling with us today, to the financial support. They’ve been a tremendous asset to the campaign, all the way around."