Racism Fails to Appear

Weren’t we all told that Donald Trump was “openly racist” and has “uncontrollable fits of rage over perceived slights“?

Yes, we were.

So what’s all this, then?

Donald Trump has named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN, US media report.

She is the first non-white female cabinet-level official appointed within the Trump administration.

Mrs Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and had been a vocal critic of Mr Trump on the campaign trail.

Mrs Haley endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio during the Republican primaries, later throwing her support behind Senator Ted Cruz – Mr Trump’s final rival before he became the party’s nominee.

I guess we’ve been told shite.

This is also worth mentioning:

The Indian-American, who is in her second and final term as governor, was elected in 2010, riding the wave of the Republican Tea Party with the support of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, she served six years as a member of the state’s House of Representatives.

Whereas the current US ambassador to the UN:

is a Harvard academic, a former war correspondent and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

As a journalist she reported from places like Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe and tried to get officials to pay attention to human rights issues.

I guess she was appointed in the days before “experience” and “qualified” became words bandied about by the Democrats.

President Barack Obama announced her nomination by describing her as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign policy”.

Ah yes, she was.

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16 thoughts on “Racism Fails to Appear

  1. Tim, i’m having trouble following your argument again.

    Are you saying because Trump appointment a minority he’s not a racist, that sounds a little close to the argument of “i’m not a racist, i have black friends” or in this case Sikh friends. I don’t think it proves it one way or another, other than he’s willing to appoint a critic of his.

    As for the qualification, is there some list of qualifications that one needs to be an ambassador? Does being a governor or congresswoman make you automatically a good choice over the qualities you listed of the current one? As you left off a few bits of the CV of the current ambassador as well which are somewhat relevant.

    * Harvard Law School, receiving her J.D. in 1999.
    *served as a senior foreign policy adviser to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign
    * appointed … to the National Security Council, where she served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights

    i’m not sure how being “is a Harvard academic, a former war correspondent and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author” is a bad thing either? It is a departure perhaps from the trend to have professional diplomats in the role but that trend was broken a while ago.

    I make no comment as to the effectiveness of her as an ambassador and i don’t doubt that she was appointed because of her close relationship with Obama administration. But she hardly seems to be unqualified. Especially when you don’t say what qualifies

  2. Phil,

    Are you saying because Trump appointment a minority he’s not a racist,

    No, but it would be an odd appointment for a racist to make, wouldn’t it?

    that sounds a little close to the argument of “i’m not a racist, i have black friends”

    Not really, because that’s judging somebody on their words rather than their actions. But if you saw somebody who was said to be a racist hanging out with black people who were obviously their friends, you’d maybe question that racist label, no?

    I don’t think it proves it one way or another, other than he’s willing to appoint a critic of his.

    Which is quite an important point given what was said about him, I think.

    As for the qualification, is there some list of qualifications that one needs to be an ambassador?

    Probably not, but then no such list exists for being President either. That didn’t stop Trump’s opponents from saying he was “unqualified” and branding Hillary as “the most qualified Presidential candidate” ever. My point is that being “qualified” only became an issue when Trump ran against Hillary.

    i’m not sure how being “is a Harvard academic, a former war correspondent and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author” is a bad thing either?

    I might be being unfair here, but from what I’ve seen of Ivy League academics over the past few years I’d say they were fit to be Ivy League academics and not much else. And subjectively I would say somebody with political experience and an understanding of trade-offs in a political environment would make a better ambassador than somebody whose entire career has been in the field of human rights. Not that human rights are unimportant, but those who specialise in such a field often tend to be heavy on idealism and light on practicalities: not qualities you want in an ambassador. But I’ll concede that for all I know, she might have done a splendid job, which is more than can be said for her boss.

  3. Tim, South Asian is the new white according to SJW. Afterall, they aren’t as oppressed as the ‘African American’. Hell, I’m not considered to be a minority in my own field (IT) because I’m Chinese immigrant from Taiwan.

  4. “Race” in the US means the ‘Negro Question’. As Joe Biden said in a typically clumsy and intellectually confused way in 2007 of his future employer: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Of course O isn’t really African-American, he’s African/American.

  5. A nice move by Trump but I reckon he’s going to pull out of the UN in the near future which might render it somewhat moot.

  6. BigFire,

    Hell, I’m not considered to be a minority in my own field (IT) because I’m Chinese immigrant from Taiwan.

    Ah, wrong kind of minority. Sorry, no affirmative action or victim status for you!

  7. Of course O isn’t really African-American, he’s African/American.

    As So Much For Subtlety pointed out in the comments at Mr Worstall’s, the only connection Obama has with slavery is that his mother’s ancestors used to own some.

  8. @dearime

    Oh but she does play the part very well, especially following the recent US air strike against a Syrian military target, when she somehow flipped the blame game around to an attack on Russia and passionately framed the incident thus:

    Samantha Power, speaking to reporters on her way into the closed-door session, said Russia’s action was “a stunt replete with moralism and grandstanding,” designed to divert public attention from some of the “most systematic atrocities in a generation.”

    Her Russian counterpart responded thus:

    “I have never seen such an extraordinary display of American heavy-handedness,” he said, after abruptly leaving the meeting.

    I think he had a point.

  9. The whole “Trump is racist” thing was cooked up by Clinton’s team of cognitive scientists in order to win the election. It obviously worked very well as lots of people seem to have been persuaded by it.

  10. “the only connection Obama has with slavery is that his mother’s ancestors used to own some.” Oh I imagine that some of his father’s ancestors must have as well.

    And, on the long view, it’s pretty likely that some of both his mother’s and his father’s ancestors were slaves. For example, at the time of the Doomsday Book about 10% of the population of England were slaves.

  11. I do believe Donald Trump is going to send many of those on the left actually insane. They have built him up to be the monster of their wildest dreams, and he will instead turn into a very good president. The trauma of that disjunction will be profound, and stunningly entertaining.

  12. “i’m not sure how being “is a Harvard academic, a former war correspondent and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author” is a bad thing either? It is a departure perhaps from the trend to have professional diplomats in the role but that trend was broken a while ago.”

    I don’t believe any of those credentials are any more indicative of a successful ambassador than ‘she was a very good plumber’.

  13. You’re all forgetting that in SJW land, no woman who is right of Erich Honecker is anything other than a token or an Uncle Tom. Sarah Palin was somehow proof that the GOP was waging a war against women. Nikki Haley is conservative so being female and south asian are cancelled out by her abhorrent beliefs.

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