‘You want to tell me I’m past my prime… Hold my beer and watch’: Nikki Haley says liberals like Don Lemon and the MSNBC commentators are making racist and sexist jabs because she is a threat to THEM
- ‘I’m the biggest threat that liberals have ever seen,’ Haley told Fox News
- She called for mental competency tests for politicians over 75
- Lemon apologized and is getting training after ‘past her prime’ comment
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley isn’t going to take comments that she is past her ‘prime’ sitting down – telling a Fox News interviewer ‘hold my beer’ while discussing TV comments disparaging her.
Haley began the saga while announcing her presidential campaign and saying she wants politicians over age 75 to take cognitive tests, in a shot at President Joe Biden, who she said was too old to run again.
That brought pushback from Democrats and the comment she immediately called ‘sexist’ from CNN host Don Lemon, who at 56 is five years older than Haley, about the candidate not being in her ‘prime.’
‘It’s not a surprise. I’ve done this for a long time you read the poll numbers of how I deal with independents and suburban women and all those. They know that I’m the biggest threat that liberals have ever seen, and they’re scared about it,’ she told Fox host Harris Faulkner, who asked her about it.
‘Hold my beer’: Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called herself the ‘biggest threat that liberals have ever seen,’ and said attacks on her by Don Lemon and liberal critics were meant to stop her
Her response came after Lemon, who is under fire for his remarks, backed out of hosting a Black History Month event, after it was revealed he will receive formal training for his comments.
Haley continued: ‘But what I’ll tell you is you want to tell me I’m past my prime, hold my beer and watch this because I’m telling you where we are going to take America is going to change all of that, and they know how hard I’ll work and they know how tough I am. Bring it, we’re ready,’ she said.
Faulkner then brought up the age of Joe Biden’s son. ‘Hunter Biden, by the way, he’s 53. I mean, the President is such an octogenarian,’ she said.
Her remarks came on a day when former President Donald Trump picked up on her proposal, saying politicians should have to take both a cognitive test and a prove their stamina.
Following Haley’s original comment, Lemon said on air that Haley should tread lightly on the topic because ‘a woman is in their prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.’
Haley responded soon afterward to Lemon’s comments, saying: ‘It’s always the liberals who are the most sexist’ in a tweet with a clip of the video segment.
Fox News host Harris Faulkner asked her about the attacks, then said Joe Biden is ‘such an octogenarian’
Haley ‘uses her brown skin as a weapon against poor black folks and poor brown-black folks,’said MSNBC commentator Wajahat Ali
Haley is seeking to cash in on the attacks by selling beer koozies
She continues to try to make hay out of the outrage. Her campaign is marketing a ‘Past My Prime’ koozie that says ‘Hold My Beer’ in red white and blue. Donors are encouraged to chip in as much as $3,300.
She also tweeted about the merch. ‘For all of you who took issue with the haters saying that we are past our prime… this one’s for you,’ she wrote.
Also sparking controversy was MSNBC commentator Wajahat Ali. ‘I see Haley and I feel sad,’ he said during a segment on host Mehdi Hasan’s show on MSNBC Sunday.
‘She uses her brown skin as a weapon against poor black folks and poor brown-black folks,’ he said.
He also called her an ‘alpha Karen with brown skin’ and the ‘perfect Manchurian candidate’ for racists and white supremacists. He said he was ‘disgusted’ by people like Haley who ‘know better.’
Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She famously pushed to take down the confederate flag that used to fly on the grounds of her state’s capital building.
In the Fox interview, Faulkner asked her bluntly: ‘How do you beat Trump?
‘You know I kick forward. I talk about Joe Biden. I’m not worried about Trump,’ she said.
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